This page attempts to detail all of the current anti-SPAM measures the BattleTechWiki has in place, their effectiveness, and so on. BattleTechWiki SPAM has increased over time, and new anti-SPAM techniques are needed periodically to keep SPAM on the wiki under control.

Current Measures[edit]

Measure Status Implemented Configuration Effectiveness Log Notes
$wgEnableSorbs (removed) ~2008 $wgEnableSorbs = true Unknown Unavailable Was removed in MediaWiki 1.24.0, deprecated in favor of $wgEnableDnsBlacklist
$wgEnableDnsBlacklist Enabled 10/2012 $wgEnableDnsBlacklist = true

$wgDnsBlacklistUrls = array(...):

>1000/day Available to Admins Replaces $wgEnableSorbs

Might block legitimate users who use proxies

SimpleAntiSpam (removed) 12/2011 n/a < 1/day Available to Admins Was merged into MediaWiki core in 1.22.0+
SpamBlacklist Enabled 12/2011 $wgBlacklistSettings = ...: ~5/day Available to Admins
CommentSpammer (removed) 02/2012 n/a < 1/day Log Extension no longer works in 2016+
ConfirmEdit (QuestyCaptcha) Enabled 05/2013 Enabled for edits and new users 10/day Available to Admins
BadBehavior (removed) 10/2012 n/a ~2500 actions/day Available to Admins Was removed in 2017 as it was breaking caching in some cases
Block of China IP Addresses Enabled 10/2012 n/a ~3000 IPs/day Available to Admins
AbuseFilter Enabled 02/2018 n/a ~20 day Available to Admins

Other Measures[edit]

Other possible options, not currently enabled:


  • User Merge and Delete can be used to clean up (i.e. remove) SPAM accounts. Simply put the SPAM account's name in the Old user field, and leave the New user field blank. The SPAM account will be merged into the Anonymous user, including all of their pages and edits.


  • 2008: $wgEnableSorbs enabled
  • 2008: ConfirmEdit enabled
  • 2009/10/07: ReCaptcha used for ConfirmEdit
  • 2011/12/19: SimpleAntiSpam enabled
  • 2011/12/19: SpamBlacklist enabled
  • 2012/02/11: QuestyCaptcha used for ConfirmEdit
  • 2012/02/11: CommentSpammer enabled
  • 2012/08/10: Additional QuestyCaptcha questions added
  • 2012/10/18: $wgEnableDnsBlacklist enabled
  • 2012/10/18: BadBehavior enabled
  • 2012/10/18: This page created
  • 2012/10/22: Blocked all Chinese IP addresses
  • 2013/05/01: Changed ConfirmEdit from QuestyCaptcha to AreYouAHuman
  • 2021/02/15: $wgEnableSorbs removed from list, had been removed in MW 1.24.0+
  • 2021/02/15: SimpleAntiSpam removed from list, had been removed in MW 1.22.0+
  • 2021/02/15: CommentSpammer removed from list, had not been working since 2016
  • 2021/02/15: Bad Behavior removed from list, had been removed in 2017 due to breaking caching
  • 2021/02/15: Abuse Filter added to list (was enabled in 2018)
  • 2021/02/15: Switched from ReCaptcha to QuestyCaptcha


MediaWiki articles on SPAM control:

Other articles on MediaWiki SPAM control: