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Bug 993 - Allow throttling of edits (only X edits in a given timeframe)
Allow throttling of edits (only X edits in a given timeframe)
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: 4849 9992 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2004-12-03 23:06 UTC by Jim Redmond
Modified: 2008-03-24 20:51 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Jim Redmond 2004-12-03 23:06:23 UTC
Today on en:, an anonymous user
( vandalized
a number of pages in a fairly short period of time.  Judging from the pattern of
edits (year articles in sequence from 1950 on), this person probably used a
script to add the offending image to several articles per minute - faster than
regular users could notice and revert.  This continued until an admin blocked
the user.

By restricting the number of edits a particular anonymous user can make in a
given amount of time, we can slow vandalbots' progress to the point that human
users can keep pace.  While there are legitimate uses for anonymous bot edits -
interwiki links are often added en masse to year and date articles by anon bots
- this throttle should hinder the progress of an automated vandal so that human
users can keep pace.
Comment 1 Zigger 2004-12-04 00:49:18 UTC
The example given was mostly editing at 1-3 pages/minute which is too slow to

One problem with address-based filtering is that the origin may be a proxy
serving a large group.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2006-05-21 21:01:16 UTC
*** Bug 4849 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-05-21 15:53:32 UTC
*** Bug 9992 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Aaron Schulz 2008-03-24 20:51:49 UTC
This has been done a while ago; see defaultsettings.php.

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