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[ "...You can download full database dumps of the Hitchwiki in XML format here. They are updated daily.] Well,have I got news for you, they're all way, way, way out of date... [[User:Prino|Prino]]<small><sup>[ blog], [[User talk:Prino|talk]]</sup></small> 01:43, 26 December 2015 (CET)
: This is fixed now, everything should get updated daily again. Thank you. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 05:01, 1 April 2016 (CEST)
== ReCaptcha issue ==
but ReCaptcha window didn't show up. I tried to click Save again several times, and finally the ReCaptcha appeared in the bottom of the page, but entering characters didn't help to save my change with the link --[[User:Alexxy|alexy]] ([[User talk:Alexxy|talk]]) 19:19, 19 January 2016 (CET)
:a user recently told me that she was unable to register because of this reCaptcha bug (finally she succeeded after tried several times) --[[User:Alexxy|alexy]] ([[User talk:Alexxy|talk]]) 10:24, 9 February 2016 (CET)
:: Sorry for the slow reply. I switched to a different captcha now, and that shows up. Let me know if it works for you. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 12:44, 9 February 2016 (CET)
== Drumroots - temporary block ==
I've blocked him, for now '''for three days''' due to his refusal to use edit whole pages - he edits section by section (30 edits on Berlin, similar on London), often multiple times, found it necessary to change Autobahn / Rastststätte / etc into English. Patrolling his edits (yes, I do so for many users) is becoming a nightmare!
I've asked him on his talk page to change his way, but he does not!
[[User:Prino|Prino]]<small><sup>[ blog], [[User talk:Prino|talk]]</sup></small> 12:56, 11 June 2016 (CEST)
== Pre-emptive spam blocks ==
I just blocked a number of spam accounts, and I also blocked a couple of accounts with no edits that were created at the same time, just in case. I'm not totally comfortable with this because I don't want to accidentally block a user who just happened to create an account at the same time as a spam attack, but a number of those accounts look suspicious, and two of them actually made some edits before I could pre-emptively block them. Is there a better way to go about this? Cheers, -- [[User:Irningston|Irningston]] ([[User talk:Irningston|talk]]) 22:40, 14 July 2016 (CEST)
: Hi Irningston. Thanks for your effort. However, blocking user beacuse they don't have any edits is indeed a bad idea, mostly because it is hard to see whether they are active or not. They could just have edits in other language wikis. A lot of our users speak no or little English, so they will never contribute to the English wiki, but might be active somewhere else. Also, some users sign up only to add hitchhiking spots to our maps. They will not show up in the wikis recent changes either.
: That said, please refrain from blocking users on this basis.
: Unfortunately, I don't know of any better way of blocking users preemptively. Prino tried blocking them on suspicious user names, but that hit a lot of legit innocent users as well.
: [[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 03:13, 15 July 2016 (CEST)
::Ok, thanks, that's kind of what I figured. Just to be clear, I didn't block anyone *because* they had no edits. I was just fielding so much spam at once that it was kind of difficult to deal with, so I blocked all of the accounts that had been created within a short window and didn't have any non-spam edits. Of the 22 accounts I blocked, 8 had no edits yet when I went to block them (i.e. when I opened the page to block), and 2 of those 8 ended up making a spam edit before I could block them (that is, after I opened the page, but before I could save it). Cheers, -- [[User:Irningston|Irningston]] ([[User talk:Irningston|talk]]) 05:22, 15 July 2016 (CEST)
== Deletion of Trains#Germany info ==
Hi. I see you deleted some stuff [[User:PeterOB]] wrote in [[Trains#Germany]]. Don't you think you should mention it on his talk page? It does seem far-fetched that somebody would go to ''jail'' for blackriding. (Maybe Peter is a DB agent, trying to discourage us with misinformation?) But it still doesn't seem right to delete information without a mention.
I was informed in such a way that my technique for Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket-hitchhiking is no longer possible []. [[User:Mohit]] removed the information from [[Deutsche Bahn]], but the information is still written on [[Trains#Germany]]. I will remove that too, leaving the section empty! I'll going to replace it with a summary of the [[Deutsche Bahn]] article and include a link there for more information.
: Thanks for the heads up. I left a message for Peter about this. I'm generally very cautious with information about black riding, as this might be considered encouraging people to illegal activities and could potentially get the author or in the worst case even me in trouble --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 02:05, 26 July 2016 (CEST)
Hey MrTweek
The Hichwiki spam protection is totally crazy. Difficult captcha and it is blocked again afcer captcha solution.
I wasn't able to writte message last year, because of this.
:: Yes, sorry, there are some problems with spam at the moment. I don't know when this can be resolved. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 00:58, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
It is better to contact me on mail [email protected] , because here is difficult to write something (no h.t.t.p.s, bad spam protection).
I have got some information about it from my friends and one of my friend was really in jail for two weeks in Germany. He was catched in train and in tram.
There was another message in Czech news, that one Czech girl was lost and found in German jail for blackriding for few days or weeks.
Both both can be about 8 years back, now it is not so hard.
:: You don't go to jail for black riding alone. You get a 60 € fine and that's it.
:: You will only go to jail if you refuse to pay the fine, or do something stupid like assaulting inspectors or refusing to show any kind of id. Black riding a single time is never enough for that. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 00:58, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
I have met in Rainbow some German friend, he explain me how it works. Ant it is something like cheat (you do not have ticket but you act like you have ticket.) If you visible say that you are blackrider, then it is not crime and you can just get penalty Eur 60.
:: Yeah, that's a very common urban legend but not true at all. Black riding is still illegal if you clearly state that you are doing it. There have been court rules about this. If you understand German, just google for "Ich fahre schwarz". Yet many people seem to believe this rubbish. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 00:58, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
I have quite a lot of experiences with European traveling, hitchhiking and taking trains, especially in north and in France and I try to share best information.
How you mean that I can get me or somebody else with this article ? By frightening or by bad informations ?
And even - after all CAPTCHA Spam filter do not let pas any edit with chain h.t.t.p. So I have to delete this chain even from your article - I deactivated link, because of spam filter.
:: Again, sorry for this. I really hope there will be a solution for this soon. --[[User:MrTweek|MrTweek]]<sup>([[User_talk:MrTweek|talk]])</sup> 00:58, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
Best Peter
== Hitchwiki bug ==
Hello there Mr Tweek!
I'm at a loss in attempting to contact hitchwiki people about this issue so I hope that this is a way to get a response. Everytime I try to add a place I get the message - "could not add place due to error." This has been going on for a while now and I have tried numerous times to contact hitchwiki but with no acknowledgement at all. I really don't know what's going on. Other pages are down as well with the 404 error message. Is there anyone doing anything to fix these bugs? I literally have had no response at all from several emails and messages over the course of the past five months. Please drop me a line when you have the opportunity. Many thanks. [[User talk:Looking for Stu|talk]]
== Recent spam attack ==
Still shitloads of pages around.
Suggest this approach:
1) Block spammer - useful to auto fill the Report to spamhaus box!!!
2) "Merge and delete" to "SpamBucket"
3) Then delete all recent changes from SpamBucket - there were some mistaken M&D's in the past, so only recent stuff
4) Use "Recent Changes Cleanup" (include it in your script!) to hide the deleted garbage from the Recent Changes Log (where it will still be picked up by Google and the like!)
Check what's there now on the dozens of User Talk pages listed at
== Spam in other language Hitchwikis ==
I was just checking around, and I came across some spam pages in Portuguese, Spanish, and French Hitchwikis. You can check my contributions over there for the pages - I just replaced the content with "spam". (In French, I came across like 30 more pages, so I just stopped, but just about all of the new user pages [ here] are spam.) Would you be willing to delete those pages and block those users? Or could you make me an admin in those languages, and I can do it myself? Cheers, -- [[User:Irningston|Irningston]] ([[User talk:Irningston|talk]]) 19:52, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
:Howdy Irningston! I just made you an admin at all the wikis. Thanks for all the work you've done! -[[User:Mikael|Mikael]] ([[User talk:Mikael|talk]]) 20:57, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
::Fantastic, thank you! -- [[User:Irningston|Irningston]] ([[User talk:Irningston|talk]]) 22:09, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
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