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The Signpost: 03 June 2015[edit]

Userpage spam[edit]

Just saw that you beat me to deleting User:ReynaSchreiber6 before I could tag it. The content of the page suggested that it may have been made to be repeatedly posted by a bot. Whether that's the case or not is unclear, but sure enough, there is another userpage with the exact same text minus the link on it. What do you make of that? dalahäst (let's talk!) 05:48, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

@Dalahäst: Yep. All part of the "Ntsamr" spam set with variations, and it was a good catch on your behalf. FWIW I have globally blacklisted the url, as it has been (or attempted to be) spammed xwiki. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:02, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
Ah, I don't think I've come across more than one or two of them in the past, so I wasn't aware that they'd become a thing apparently disruptive enough to merit their own abuse filter. dalahäst (let's talk!) 06:09, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
@Dalahäst: it is one of the Russian-designed and sold spambot programs that focuses on forum and wiki pages with this version being a widely used implementation, and one that has number of variations, to read a little more m:NTSAMR. We have a good global filter that is mostly effective, though global filters don't apply here. All a giant PITA but we do what we do to keep the rubbish out. — billinghurst sDrewth 07:44, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
Figures. I found the Meta page after googling the acronym, hah. I'll be on the lookout for more of them. Do they typically show up in batches, or do they register more slowly to try and avoid suspicion? dalahäst (let's talk!) 08:18, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
Both/all/one. You can see batches of accounts on a wiki, batches across wiki, or just singletons. The clearer identifier is the account name patterns (two partial names combined often) with the format, and usually the look-at-me components. They usually operate out of server farms, though can operate out of open proxies, or can operate out of hijacked machines. They are very clever, and we are mostly reactive, though we do manage some preventative though try not to inhibit real users. — billinghurst sDrewth 08:30, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 10 June 2015[edit]

The Signpost: 17 June 2015[edit]

Dates of birth and death[edit]

Hi. I do not put the dates into thee text of the article William Trail because they were in the infobox and I considered to be redundant. I do not know if it exist some policy about the mater in en:wiki. If it is the case, I have to check my other half a dozen of new contributions to en:wiki. Thanks for your answer.--Ferran Mir (talk) 18:54, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

@Ferran Mir: not an issue, it is a wiki. If you are after the guidance for bios, see Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Biographiesbillinghurst sDrewth 22:30, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Thanks for your answer. However in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Biographies there is no mention about infoboxes. I considered that infobox is a part of WP:LEADPARAGRAPH, so it exists redundancy. But it is true that biographical articles had the birth and death date in the lead paragraph, independently if they have or not infobox. I will take into account for following editions and I will try to include it in the articles I have created. Thanks.--Ferran Mir (talk) 08:47, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
It is correct that the same information in the lead and the infobox, though it is not necessarily redundant, as they are two different components and people read articles differently. It is what it is <shrug> and one day it will change. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:20, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 June 2015[edit]