On the Contacts Page you are marked as user and wiki overseer. This is why i chose your discussion page to make my offer for the project.
I am not a developer but in my experience in FLOSS projects I've learned that tasks like documentation translation etc are almost equally important as programming and development.
As a regular contributor to wikipedia-de, other wikis and founder of Petro-Wiki(de) I would like to offer help with the navit project wiki.
While trying out navit on my laptop and planning to use the Android-App, I realized how difficult it was to find relevant information distributed across the wiki.
In my opinion improvement in structuring and indexing this wiki is needed and I would like to use my wiki-skills to do so, while learning more about the program.
If you don't have any objections I will start with categories during the next days and move to more visible improvements later. --Krokofant 21:36, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
Deletion of spam pages
I saw that there are a lot of spam edits in this wiki. I recently reverted two edits on the main page, but most of the edits are page creations. Is there anything I could do to help delete these pages? --SlashMe 02:11, 16 October 2011 (CEST)
Hi SlashMe - thanks for that. Standard users cannot delete pages, unfortunately, but I've caught up this morning and the wiki should now be spam free again! --Korrosa 13:16, 22 October 2011 (CEST)
- Ok, I still found:
- I don't know whether the accounts are already blocked or not, but the user pages still exist. (two are marked for deletion by yourself) --SlashMe 13:34, 22 October 2011 (CEST)
- Done, done and done - good finds! Those where marked before I became an admin, and I must have forgotten. --Korrosa 17:10, 22 October 2011 (CEST)
Maybe you should delete/block the users instead of just deleting their edits and user pages.
If you check http://wiki.navit-project.org/index.php/Special:Log/block you'll see I'm also blocking users. However, not all blocks show up in there due to an error somewhere in the installation - I don't know why. Actually, it's easiest if you don't edit the spam pages at all - I can delete a new page directly from my admin page if it hasn't been edited, and ditto with user blocking.
- Ok, I didn't know that. I won't do it anymore. --SlashMe 21:28, 25 October 2011 (CEST)
I cleaned up a bit of spam today. They must be completing the captchas to register and place this spam on here, so it's difficult to know what else to do. I wonder if trying a different captcha system would repel them. The other anti spam feature to try would be the $wgSpamRegex setting but they're not spamming with the same keywords each time so... Maybe you have to just bat then off as quick as possible each time (important to avoid google indexing the spam), and hope that they give up on this site after a while. You could dish out more admin rights to people to help with that.-- Harry Wood 16:05, 8 November 2011 (CET)
Hi Harry, thanks for the comments, and welcome over from OSM! I'll start by saying that my powers on this wiki are limited. I have no powers to make anyone an admin. Only cp15 (and maybe KaZeR) can do that. Our options against spam are limited, unless we lock down the wiki even more (only enable people to register after receiving invites, and the like). Again, I haven't actually got any powers to implement any other anti-spam measures. Most spam, however, tends to be new pages, which are not linked to from any page no the main wiki. This means the general user won't notice, though it does make the "Recent Changes" page rather noisy. I come through and clean up every few days, which is usually enough to keep everything tidy. --Korrosa 18:50, 8 November 2011 (CET)
While I'm on it: I think there's a bug in your MediaWiki installation. The watchlist is always empty when I access it via the API.
Wikipedia had the same bug when they updated on 5th October, but on 10th October they made another update which doesn't have this bug anymore.
I'd be glad if this worked, because I wrote a tool to notify me of changes in several wikis, but it relies on the API. --SlashMe 17:41, 22 October 2011 (CEST)
- Hmm, it's not my installation - I'll let cp15 know when he shows up on IRC. Thanks for letting me know! I'll also put in a recommendation to let you admin the wiki, as it looks like you know what you're doing! --Korrosa 18:11, 22 October 2011 (CEST)
- I'm not an expert, but I'm working on the Wikipedia sometimes. And I do some programming from time to time. --SlashMe 19:23, 22 October 2011 (CEST)