Festipedia:Vandalism and spam policy

From Festipedia, hosted by the FR Heritage Group

As with any user created site Festipedia suffers regular attacks. Most commonly this takes the form of attempts to post spam links. Festipedia has a number of measures in place to combat such attacks including:

  • The user's IP address is checked various blacklists of addresses known to be used for spam
  • The user's IP address is checked to see if it is a known TOR exit node
  • There is a blacklist of page titles known to be commonly used for spam
  • Various blacklists of external links are checked
  • Edit filters block common forms of vandalism and spam
  • Some operations require the user to complete a Captcha

Unfortunately these precautions cannot block all vandalism or spam. In order to keep the level of attacks under control we adopt a zero tolerance approach.

  • Vandalism of a page by an anonymous user will result in the IP address being blocked. For a first offence the block will be for 1 month. A second offence will bring a 3 month block
  • Any account used for spam or vandalism will be blocked indefinitely
  • Any IP address used for creating multiple spam accounts will be blocked indefinitely

Note to administrators

The procedure to follow when a spam account is identified is as follows:

  • Block the account indefinitely
  • Use Special:CheckUser to find the IP address used to create the account
  • Use the "IP to users" function to see if other users have been created using this IP address
  • Use the "IP to edits" function to get a list of edits from this IP address
  • If these checks show that the IP address has been used to create 3 or more spam accounts and no valid accounts or legitimate edits block the IP address indefinitely