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now that Etherpad is running per se (I just need to migrate the DB to MySQL when we go productive), I am thinking about antispeam measures. I know at least of one well-known Etherpad that was subject to spammers, pasting abusive links.

In theory, this can also happen with the wiki, but we have a couple of antispam measures here, including user registration - whereas Etherpad doesn't support that at all, it's simply open for everyone, and I found no antispam plugin. In addition, there is no easy way of seeing new pads or checking the logs, like Volker and others do for us in the wiki.

Actually, there are two ways around this from what I see:

1. We create a couple of predefined pads people regularly use, and have editing open for everyone, but disable creation of new pads. By that, we see in time when someone does something harmful.

2. We leave editing and creation of pads open, but only to users who authenticate themselves.

#2 is more intrusive, and creates some pain with managing users, while #1 sounds like a sensible compromise to me.

I'm not sure if I'm exaggerating - I simply lack hands-on experience, but the amount of spam we have to cope with in the wiki rang my alarm bells. ;-)

For testing, #2 is what I have just enabled in Etherpad, and populated a couple of predefined pads at the same time, to see if we can work with it.

Anyone has some more insight into that topic, and maybe some hands-on experience?


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