pieterh wrote on 23 Feb 2010 08:51
This is a design sketch for SpamBlocker, which makes it uneconomical for spammers to target Wikidot sites.
SpamBlocker is enabled by default on all sites, but admins can disable it selectively on their sites:
Let non-members link to sites outside Wikidot.com [_] (Warning, this opens the door to spammers)
It works as follows:
- When a page or comment or forum post is created or edited, Wikidot parses all links and finds external links.
- Any new "unsafe" links added by a non-member are mangled by adding a space before the ':' and each dot.
- Members or moderators can then edit the page/comment to fix the links.
Unfixed content will remain but since it does not create a link back to the spam site, is useless to the spammer.
In an initial version, we'll not check custom domains and only treat subdomains of .wikidot.com as "safe". Later we can extend this to allow custom domains to be treated as "safe" as well. But this is a minority case and would make this change more work. Simpler is better :-)
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