Template talk:Deleteme

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Dealing with spam

Sorry, I tried to set up all of the templates for speedy deletion as they exist on wikipedia, but something messed up :( I'm not sure what to do. —Culix (Talk:Culix) 20:46, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

I created a category, [[Category:Requests for Deletion]], a few months ago, and I've been adding it to spam pages or replacing spam page contents with just the RfD wikilink. I don't know if anyone at Winamp or AOL is paying attention, though. Perhaps if we combine {{Deleteme}} and [[Category:Requests for Deletion]] on every spam page we encounter, someone will eventually take note and write a bot script to delete the pages.
One thing that I've seen change recently, a spam filter has been added to the Winamp Developer Wiki to prevent new pages being uploaded that mask out the edit tabs, a trick that the spammers have learned to make it difficult to blank the page contents. There is a way around it, though. In your browser's location window, replace everything up to the article name with http://dev.winamp.com/w/index.php?title= and everything after the article name with &action=edit to open the article for editing in the normal fashion. You can then blank the article and/or tag it with the aforementioned template and category tag for later action by an as yet unidentified admin. On the other hand, since the spammers are using a specially-crafted HTML <div> tag to create the blanking effect, and the tag appears to be the same for every one of the spam pages, it may be better to leave the stuff alone and let some future, as yet unwritten bot script seek and destroy the offending pages based on content. (Since the Wiki's anti-spam measures are now looking for certain text used in the <div> tag, it isn't possible to save the edited page with the "fingerprint" that a bot might need to identify it as spam.) —HydrargyrumT @ 18:29, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Excellent, thanks for the reply! I have been using that link trick to tag/delete the contents of spam pages as well. I added the 'deleteme' page to the [[Category:Requests for Deletion]] category, so at least then we can see everything all at once. Thanks for all of the work helping to tag spam pages. I will leave a message on an admin's talk page in case they have it linked to their email, and see if we can get some of them deleted. --Culix 06:38, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Okay, many of the items on Category:Requests_for_Deletion have been deleted (!! :). I will look into adding some anti-spam features to this wiki next week when I have some time. --Culix 13:30, 25 June 2009 (UTC)