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User talk:MrTweek

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== 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)

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