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Bug 48623 - Add user-agent variable for abuse filtering
Add user-agent variable for abuse filtering
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
AbuseFilter (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
Blocks: SWMT
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Reported: 2013-05-20 00:45 UTC by billinghurst
Modified: 2013-07-19 03:50 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description billinghurst 2013-05-20 00:45:54 UTC
One recent example of spam edits has identified the user agent; appid: s~bagswish

in recent usage. It is reasonable to expect that such and similar types of abuse is going to continue to occur, and where it is occurring then it would seem an easy and convenient means to block such user-agent components after they have been identified by checkuser process

Would be useful to have  variable_name  user-agent, and variable values, with regex that could be applied.

Naturally there are some dangers, however, with the clear inability to be able to checkuser for a specific user-agent, and with such spammers having the ability to operate across so many wikis, the ability to prevent is required. I envisage that at WMF this would be a global filter added by stewards only as required.
Comment 1 Kunal Mehta (Legoktm) 2013-07-19 03:50:04 UTC
Adding the User-Agent as a variable would be rather easy to do, the issue is that we don't have a way to make sure only CUs/Stewards could use and see it.

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