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recipe #140: Fighting Spam

Savane provides several ways to protect trackers from spam.

Preventing Spam

Savane runs DNS blacklists checks on all forms submitted by non-project members (NB: not activated at Savannah).

Apart from that, there are a few options that can allow a project admin to prevent many spams.

Spam are usually caused by anonymous robots.

Automatically Checking Potential Spam

Savane allows to automatically check posted content with SpamAssassin. (NB: not activated at Savannah).

Any post that Savane feels needs to be crosschecked automatically by SpamAssassin (depends on site configuration) will be delayed, temporarily flagged as spam, when posted until it is checked in the following minutes. If it is found to be spam, no notification will ever be sent, it will stay flagged as spam.

Removing Spam, Spam Scores

Spam Scores

Any logged-in user is able, when he sees content (comment or item) that he believes to be spam, to flag it as spam. This will increment the spam score of the item.

Any content with a spam score superior or equal to 5 is considered to be spam.

Each user have also his own spam score. Each time an user got one of his post flagged as spam (spam score > 4), his own score grows of 1. User own spam score is used to determine the spam score of any new post. In other words, someone caught 5 times posting spam will get all his further post automatically flagged as spam as soon as posted.

Site administrators have a specific interface that will allow them to check if spam reports against a user were legitimate and will be able to take necessary actions accordingly (like banning account used to spam or to maliciously report as spam perfectly valid content).

It is also possible to project admins and site admins to unflag content, which means they can reset the spam score of some content if they think there is a mistake.

Removing Spam

When content is considered to be spam (spam score > 4), it is not removed from the database. We do not want to risk loosing data in case of false positives.

However, comments that are spam are automatically removed from items pages, only a link remains for checking purpose.

Also, when browsing items, items that are spams are not shown, unless you change the related display criteria.

If the content is an item, it is automatically set to Locked so further post are impossible.

If your site runs checks with SpamAssassin, flagged spams will be used to improves bayesian filtering.

Last update: Tue 28 Nov 2006 09:35:13 PM UTC
This recipe comes from Savannah User Docs

 

 

 

 

 

Audience and Context

Audience:
   Logged-in Users, All Project Members
Feature:
   Cookbook, Support Tracker, Bugs Tracker, Task Manager, Patch Tracker
Action:
   Editing Items, Posting Comments, Configuring Features

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