01458: A captcha is getting necessary to prevent page sandboxing

Summary: A captcha is getting necessary to prevent page sandboxing
Created: 2020-10-23 21:49
Status: Closed
Category: Other
From: CarlosAB
Priority: 1
Version: latest
OS: apache

Description: Perhaps a captcha on the site would be good to prevent sandboxing.

Also a way to skip it with an option in the url and a cookie to make it permanent for those who need it.

The captcha recipe proved to be really solid for me in my site.

Also a message on "action=edit" explaining what to do if they want to test pmwiki, that could also be skipped with url/cookie option.

I am not sure but I bet Petko must get tired to clean up all sandoxed pages, because it is too much to do by hand.

When I see the sandboxed pages, in a moment they are all deleted by Petko most of the time.

This is just a suggestion.


It is not a problem for me to de-sandbox the wiki, I have a few custom functions that allow me to do it with one click (per page).

A more likely need would be to somehow prevent people to edit pages here by mistake. I assume some of them have installed PmWiki and while reading the documentation, they click on the link in the footer

There may be a more recent version at pmwiki.org or a talk page.

Then they keep reading, forgetting they are no longer on their own wiki, and post here. When we de-sandbox the content, they may lose their work.

This may have to be improved -- maybe a required checkbox that they know they are editing on PmWiki.org and not on their own wiki. --Petko

I wrote a small script that does this -- it is initially unchecked, and if you edit and check it twice, it remembers that it is checked for the next 2 hours. --Petko

I find something like this OpenPass works very well, - see the "easy alternative"

simon October 26, 2020, at 08:33 PM

Here Pm always wanted to have as few obstacles to editing as practical. Obviously, if the amount of disruption increases, we can take measures, but for now I don't see it as too annoying. On the contrary, the majority of these cases look like someone doesn't realize they are not on their own wiki and may lose their work. So I think we should be careful -- in the past I've locked pages and left messages so the authors can access the source and recover their texts. It is also possible for me to recover content from a deleted page. However, pictures uploaded to the Main group are automatically deleted within a few days and I cannot recover them. --Petko October 26, 2020, at 09:17 PM