User talk:Brandonw

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Long strings of minor edits

Hello. I notice you made a very long string of minor edits to 83Plus:Software:msd8x; perhaps you could use the preview function more next time to avoid cluttering the recent-changes page? Thanks. --Premchai21 13:05, 10 September 2006 (PDT)

Yes, sorry. :( I'm new to Wikis. Brandonw
I don't really think this is a valid complaint. Wikis are made to be edited a lot, and it's very easy to hide minor edits in the recent changes view if you're not interested in seeing them. (Though really some of those edits should not be marked as minor, especially the page creation). Even better, if you turn on "Enhanced recent changes" in your preferences, all of those edits will appear on a single line on the recent changes page and wont clutter up anything. --Dan Englender 13:47, 10 September 2006 (PDT)

To clarify, minor edits are generally used for typos, minor formatting changes, and other changes that don't really affect the content of the page. If you're adding or removing content (or especially creating a new page), that shouldn't be a minor edit. That said, I'm a fan of incrementally changing pages, and as mentioned above, the "enhanced recent changes" is nice for people who feel their recent changes page is too cluttered. Though that doesn't make the preview button any less of a useful tool :) --Dan Englender 13:51, 10 September 2006 (PDT)

New bout of spamming

There's been a lot of new spamming lately. Something needs to be done about this. I've noticed that the pages use code similar to the below to hide their spammily nature. They place garbage text on the page and then hide it with CSS and display only a link.

<div style="position:fixed; background- color:white;top:0px;left:0px;width:1800px;height:1900px;z-index:99995556;"> <div style="position:fixed; top:200px; left:200px;"> <font size="6" color="Blue">[ Example Product of Highly Questionable Nature]</font> </div></div> <div style="position:fixed; z-index:995;">

Maybe a bot could patrol the edits looking for that code. Or, perhaps you can find out where they're getting the email addresses to confirm from and block that domain.

I'll most likely be away for the rest of the week---happy Thanksgiving. ---Dr. D'nar 15:47, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

Killing Spam

You can get to the delete page for those spam pages by copying the URL for the page into your browser and appending &action=delete , or &action=edit to get a look at what code they're using to hide the link. I'm sure this is easy to detect. ---Dr. D'nar 23:06, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

Oh, hey, maybe we set up robots.txt to hide the User: namespace from spiders, thereby denying spammers the Google hits. ---Dr. D'nar 23:09, 17 December 2009 (UTC)