When a group of swedish kids invaded the Wiki, we replaced their pages with the following:
A friendlier version was also used. Maybe this should be as friendly as possible (HelpingLusers).
How about an even friendlier one? It seems like these kids were sent here on some sort of assignment, so i don't think anything like the "please work with us" part is even necessary.
I missed most of this (I just added DeletedPage to the top of their homepages). Personally, I think it's reasonable to be protective of our space. I also think it's unreasonable to be very vindictive towards 15 year olds who don't know better; however, I also think it's reasonable to have their "Internet" teacher guillotined. At any rate, if you recall, MeatballWiki is technically very stable to attacks, so we can handle such innocent spam without being too aggravating--after all, we'll be here longer than any spammer. I personally think the "Please tell all your friends" message was a bit over the top.
But also remember that MeatballWiki thrives on being boring. Inviting a spammer, however innocent, to join the community is the wrong approach I think. For klutzes who are clearly not interested in MeatBall, send them away politely. There's no benefit in being inclusive of non-contributors.
Finally, Bayle's proactive action to move their content to a SeedWiki, satisfying both their needs and ours, was a masterful move. -- SunirShah
At WikiWiki, the following link was placed on potential test pages: Wiki:DeleteTestAndWelcome. See Wiki:DeleteTestAndWelcomeDiscussion
Usually we just revert the changes and give as summary "spam" or "revert". Some people still don't get it, then. Here is what such an entry looked like on EmacsWiki. Note how we tried humor, first, then we used the spammers nick name from IRC, which we knew (usually spammers are not that smart).
Revision 140: View Diff . . September 10, 2002 1:36 by EdwardOConnor [revert. tsp, would you cut it out? this is really annoying.] Revision 139: View Diff . . September 10, 2002 0:53 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 138: View Diff . . September 9, 2002 9:03 by EdwardOConnor [revert] Revision 137: View Diff . . September 9, 2002 4:32 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 136: View Diff . . September 9, 2002 2:37 by MartinPool [Undo stupid "man ed" troll] Revision 135: View Diff . . (edit) September 9, 2002 2:07 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 134: View Diff . . (edit) September 9, 2002 1:59 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 133: View Diff . . (edit) September 9, 2002 1:46 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 132: View Diff . . (edit) September 9, 2002 1:21 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 131: View Diff . . (edit) September 9, 2002 0:28 by AlexSchroeder [revert funky phrases] Revision 130: View Diff . . September 8, 2002 23:12 by a3io318by56la.bc.hsia.telus.net Revision 129: View Diff . . August 29, 2002 13:02 by AlexSchroeder
There was no need to resort to IP blocking until now.
Please don't do this. It annoys other users, and makes life hell for the administrators that have to constantly revert the changes that you have made. - tsp
What would you like us to do ? -- DavidCary