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SpamBot attacks and the New user message botEdit

Hey Nic,

We have recently had huge numbers of spambots making accounts. If you look at the User List the New user message bot currently stands at 787 in the last 30 days. The last time I checked (about 2 weeks ago) it stood at 970 in the last 30 days, and this has been going on for about 3 months now. Luckily as far as I can tell these spambots are not actually doing anything to the wiki beyond creating the accounts themselves BUT as an admin I am finding the New user message bot is "clogging up" the recent changes list and making it difficult for me to actually keep an eye out for other suspicious edits. Is there anything we can do about this?--Dmon (talk) 12:14, 15 September 2020 (EDT)

  • EDIT, Just in the time it took me to write this message and then test the user list link worked we had two spambots create accounts making it 789!--Dmon (talk) 12:15, 15 September 2020 (EDT)
    • I'm honestly not sure if there's anything more we can do. We have the ReCaptcha enabled for creating new accounts, but they're still getting by it. I'll investigate to see if there's anything newer. Nicjansma (talk) 19:46, 6 January 2021 (EST)
      • I've updated the SPAM protections page with recent updates. Recent updates have slowed the flow of new spam accounts I think. New User bot is at 23 in the last 30 days. Will keep an eye on it, thanks for bringing to my attention! Nicjansma (talk) 09:41, 17 March 2021 (EDT)

Project LexiconEdit

As I have noted in the To Do List, certain words are misspelled dozens or even hundreds of times on this website. I and several other users have expressed interest in starting a project to remove common spelling mistakes. My goal is to fix any searchable misspelling (ie, it can be found easily with the searchbar function) that occurs at least a half a dozen times on this website. Users will be able to submit common errors to the project, and the members will hunt them down and get rid of them, removing them from the list as they are eliminated. I don't know how to actually start a Project page myself, so I am asking here. --DragonoftheRust (talk) 20:57, 28 October 2020 (EDT)

Image CategoriesEdit

Hi Nic,

Do you know how the system maps are generated? All those images don't have a category and this makes the Uncategorized files not very useful as from the first 1000 thousand maybe 95% images as these ones. And I do not want to put them in a category as this might affect the "program" that generates them. Do you know who can help? Maybe when the image is generated it can be put in a category like "System Images". I'm asking more people, but do you have any idea?--Pserratv (talk) 04:23, 8 March 2021 (EST)

Yep, they're generated as part of the Planets/Mapping project. I upload the images with a bot, and I'll take care of categorizing them. Thanks! Nicjansma (talk) 09:41, 17 March 2021 (EDT)
Could I recommend that we go with "System maps" rather than planet images because we are actually starting to build up a few planetary maps and planet images now thanks to the Touring the Stars (series).--Dmon (talk) 10:05, 17 March 2021 (EDT)
That's a good point, making the change. Nicjansma (talk) 11:56, 17 March 2021 (EDT)
Many thanks Nic. I just saw the but run and all this System Maps do have a category assigned. And then I created it! Tomorrow, when the "bots" that are triggered reclassify correctly everything, Uncategorized files will be very useful!--Pserratv (talk) 13:26, 17 March 2021 (EDT)
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