User talk:Rbos

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Creation protection

Hello rbos. A couple pages was used for spam several times, so I've protected those pages from further use. --ChallengeSpaceYard 19:32, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

Something drastic may be required. :(

There has been like 5-6 spam pages per day, sometimes more. What CAPTCHA do you use for external links (if any)? Any related extensions installed? --ChallengeSpaceYard 02:24, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Lack of CAPTCHA resources

Lack of resources is preventing new registrations from occuring. I received a message from a fellow planets player that he wants to register and edit, but can't. --CSY 06:22, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

It turns out I can still make accounts. Still, it is up to you to fix the source of the problem. --CSY 06:33, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

In the server move a couple of months ago, I apparently did not generate a captcha word set. Generating now. And the folder is added to my backup list. Rbos 15:18, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Seems fixed. Was able to register a new account. Sorry. >_< Rbos 15:19, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Confirmed. Testtest 16:32, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Many thanks, rbos. Now new accounts can be made in the future. --CSY 16:47, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Oh dear... Looks like the spammers have been waiting for this opportunity, and they have returned to vandalize the wiki. I've already deleted four pages and blocked the users that made those pages.

A proposal I have (if this is even possible) is to block new users from making new pages until they've established themselves with a few edits on existing pages, and are a few days old. --CSY 21:35, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

Here, I'm using a different CAPTCHA now, with a couple of custom questions. Bots shouldn't be able to guess the answers. Testtest2 22:14, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

This approach works very well on a phpbb3 board I use. It won't work against humans, though. Testtest2 22:14, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

I feel pretty good about this. The questions right now are:

$wgCaptchaQuestions[] = array( 'question' => "What orange gourd is commonly used to commemorate October 31st in North America??", 'answer' => "pumpkin" ); $wgCaptchaQuestions[] = array( 'question' => "What game is this wiki for?", 'answer' => "VGA Planets" );

and they are case insensitive.

More questions might be a good idea, but really that should be enough. Rbos 22:22, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

The main element is that when you make something (relatively) unique to your CAPTCHA (such as an addition question), then the bot designers will not take the time to actually break your CAPTCHA because they cannot capitalize on the damage it can do.
I have a phpBB3 forum as well that was also suffering spam problems. A simple addition question was all it took to put an end to the spam. Even without a visual confirmation to accompany it, the board has never been cracked. --CSY 22:30, 12 June 2012 (UTC)


--- Greetings rhos and thank you for having me, do we have a list of links that have not been written or need developing? such as "Wanted pages?" these are derived from pages that have links to a page that has not yet been made. --Protomatter 05:13, 15 June 2012 (UTC)


nevermind i found them ,lol.--Protomatter 05:15, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

3 subjects to cover

Table building School

i have completely forgot how to build tables. i recall there was a resource page somewhere on the internet that covered the table building writing for wiki's. but i dont know where it is anymore. if you know the link or can dg one up for me id love to have it. i spent 3 hours searching for it last night and couldnt find it.

Under Construction Pages

ive uploaded an image file "under construction.png" and used it for incomplete pages that i hadnt yet finished/completed. what i need from you is to place an under construction catagory in the special pages lists that will seek out and add any page with this image to its list. this would make it much easier for anyone to find incomplete and unfinished pages to work on.

I integrated your picture into a template that automatically categorizes any incomplete articles. --CSY 19:51, 18 June 2012 (UTC)
  • what is the category name where i can find the list?

--Protomatter 20:27, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

The category name is the aptly named stubs. --CSY 21:10, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

Lower case redirects

ive been doing an awful lot of redirects. most of them being lower case to upper case conversions. if we could setup the search module to automatically uppercase the first letter of each word when searching that would reduce the redirects needed in half. and if we could have that work internal links as well that would reduce the other half. i seem to recall this being done on other wikis as well.

  • note, user rose spammed! get her!!! hahah

--Protomatter 15:30, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

Math suggestion

Due to the extremely intricate of Planets Nu, I believe this wiki could greatly benefit from the installation of the Math extension. By installing this extension, it allows formulas to be beautifully rendered. --CSY 04:15, 8 August 2012 (UTC)


 \operatorname{erfc}(x) =
 \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_x^{\infty} e^{-t^2}\,dt =
 \frac{e^{-x^2}}{x\sqrt{\pi}}\sum_{n=0}^\infty (-1)^n \frac{(2n)!}{n!(2x)^{2n}}

Rbos 05:56, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Confirmation of email addresses is now required. Rbos 16:01, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

I miss those rendering that the Math extension accomodated. --CSY (talk) 19:37, 12 December 2013 (PST)

Oh, man, must've missed that on my server upgrade like a year ago. Damn. :( on it! Rbos (talk) 20:01, 12 December 2013 (PST)

You may be amused to know that installing that single extension pulls in over 1.1 GiB of extra Debian packages. ^^; Rbos (talk) 20:06, 12 December 2013 (PST)

Not surprised. I suspect the wiki upgrade may have made the older Math extension incompatible. --CSY (talk) 21:34, 12 December 2013 (PST)

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