[tei-council] captcha for the wiki?

Kevin Hawkins kevin.s.hawkins at ultraslavonic.info
Sun Mar 13 11:16:46 EDT 2011

We already have a captcha for account creation:


Spammers are increasingly using Mechanical Turk to pay people to solve 
these captchas, so we've got a bit of a losing battle here unless there 
is a better captcha tool than the one we're using (which is a Google 
product).  Does anyone know about such things?

On 3/11/2011 8:31 AM, Piotr Bański wrote:
> I hope this may qualify as a topic for the Council, since this a) may
> affect the external perception of the wiki and the TEI, and b) currently
> affects the productivity of at least two Council members ([1], [2]), and
> the fix doesn't seem difficult.
> Spambot technology is getting better and better and we get more and more
> quasi-intelligent spam in the wiki. A long while ago, James and I
> discussed the possibility of having a captcha system installed in the
> wiki[3], but nothing came out of that. Maybe now is the time. The wiki
> has the relevant hooks, so it seems only a matter of putting those hooks
> in action.
> I mean a captcha for when you create an account, not for individual
> edits. Spambots are just good at creating accounts.
> Best,
>    Piotr
> [1] http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/Special:Log/block
> [2] http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/Special:Log/delete
> [3]
> http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php?title=User_talk:Piotr_Banski#Re:_Captcha
> http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php?title=User_talk:James&oldid=4128#captcha
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