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Spam problem

How about creating a simple field like "Write `Context' in the textbox" for registeration. It will make it slightly more difficult for the bots, and is not too difficult to implement --Aditya
if someone sends me a patch against the current mediawiki software... I'd be happy to apply it to this wiki. BTW: I have blocked the IP-address from where the last stupid edits came from (thanks, Taco, for reverting all those edits). (
There are two options (1) Do not allow user to change anything without loggin in. One can create a pretty vague loginid if he/she wants to remain anonymous. See [1] You need to create an account to change data and ceate new account gives you a captcha. I do not have any experience of managing wikimedia. But from what I have read on its documentations, it is possible to disable anonymous edits [2]. However this goes against the spirit of wikis in general.(2) When a person has not logged in, give him a captcha or a value to fill in a form. This should be doable manually. The easiest way that I can think of is to check the word with javascript before actually submitting data. Another way can be to check it within the php script (Don't know enough php to see how to do this).
So my question basically boils down to this. Is disabling anonymous post and requiring login (with a captcha) not an option? If so, I will play around with authentication in webforms a little and get back with more specific suggestions. --Aditya
Actually, I went through all the recent changes, and it was vandalism rather than spam. I do not think that there is any way to stop a delibrate deletion of content by a user.


Is it forbidden to upload GIFs? I wanted to upload one for the Animation page (I'm not sure if that's a good idea anyway; it would be used to get a feeling of what approximately Adobe Reader is capable to do/limited to). I get a warning ".gif" is not a recommended image file format., but then nothing happened any further. --Thanks, Mojca

Comments on Main Page

Please add a link to the 'thrid party page'

Already there, but Hans got confused about its name. Left-side menu, in the middle of 'garden', you see 'third party modules'. That is the correct page, but a nice upload interface is currently still missing. Taco

Mojca recently asked (in the changelog) for comments on the reorganization of the Main Page. It looks quite good to me, overall. The "how to edit a Wiki page" should probably link to the existing Help:Editing page, or perhaps directly to MediaWiki's Help:Editing page.

I do think a couple of the section headings should be changed. "Tips, Tricks, and Hacks" is becoming a storehouse of actual documentation as well as just small "tricks", and the name should reflect that: something like "ConTeXt Documentation and How-To", maybe. "Help & Guidelines" should be "Wiki Help & Guidelines", so as to distinguish it from "ConTeXt help".

It may also be useful to put "short explanations" next to the links, much as I've been doing in the From LaTeX to ConTeXt page.

--Brooks 02:49, 4 Sep 2005 (UTC)

Brooks, you wrote too much today ;) ! You cannot expect people to read all your comments!!! (I didn't even notice your posting here until I wanted to add something).
Yes, "How to edit a Wiki page" should certainly be merged with Help:Editing. I forgot that this page ever existed as it somehow disappeared from my view. Help:Contents should ugently be changed as well. (Feel free to do it.)
I thought that "Help & Guidelines" could be used for guidelines about writing to the mailing list as well, but it's true that it should be distinguished from ConTeXt help. I agree to add comments next to links (but what comments?).
Also, quite some stuff is still missing on the main page, the "Main ConTeXt Documentation and HowTo-s" needs to be reorganized and Categories should be defined, so that we can start categorizing the majority of pages (I had no idea what Categories to define for pages under "Visuals", "Structurals", "Inside ConTeXt" (which should probably better be defined as "Programming" or something similar), ...). Quite some "secondary pages" are missing (connecting the first page and actual articles, just like your From LaTeX to ConTeXt, one page with Links is certainly missing).
Despite the generally accepted decision to lock the first page, I hope that I'm not violating the rules too much if I unlock it for two days (sorry, Patrick), so that you can improve it by yourself if you want. If anyone spams the first page in the meantime, I take the responsibility to remove the spam from it (as soon as I come online).
--Mojca 19:37, 4 Sep 2005 (UTC)
No problem at all, go ahead and feel free to unlock it. BTW: I really like the look of the new page, but I still need some time to make real comments --pg 10:55, 5 Sep 2005 (UTC)
Thanks! I think I'll make a copy of the Main Page, and put it in Main Page Sandbox, so I can muck about with some organizational ideas without affecting the "live" version until they're finished. I was going to say that we could delete Main Page Sandbox after we're done, but it might be useful to leave it up for future things like this. --Brooks 23:09, 4 Sep 2005 (UTC)
Another idea for handling the main page, as far as editing goes -- see Page on the Sandbox. There's no actual content on the page; it's all in a pair of templates. That page could then be locked, but people could still edit the templates and change the content, so long as they knew which templates to edit. I don't know how smart the spammers are, but it ought to at least block the lazy and/or automatic ones. --Brooks 00:08, 5 Sep 2005 (UTC)
This seems hidden enough for me (until I knew what Templates are about and where they are stored, I had to search really long until I was able to see the content) --Mojca 00:21, 5 Sep 2005 (UTC)
Let's try it. Good Idea. If it turns out wrong, we can still decide later. --pg 10:55, 5 Sep 2005 (UTC)

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