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Release status: experimental
Implementation Special page
Description Context-based learning anti-spam tool
Author(s) Richard Cook (Cook879talk)
Latest version 0.0.4
MediaWiki >= 1.36.0
Database changes Yes
Tables athena_log
License GNU General Public License 3.0 only
  • $wgAthenaTraining
  • $wgAthenaSpamThreshold
Quarterly downloads 4 (Ranked 159th)
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The Athena extension is an experimental anti-spam tool, which uses a series of context-based filters to try and identify spam. The tool uses a learning algorithm and user reinforcement to adapt to new spam. While the tool has shown some promising results, it is not production ready. You can read more about the results in this report. Bug tracking is currently managed through ShoutWiki's Phabricator.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Athena in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'Athena' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration parameters[edit]

Unused: While important to the original algorithm, this variable is no longer used and is due to be removed
If true, then Athena will be in training mode - it will record statistics, but will not make any calculations or declare the article as spam or not.

User rights[edit]

This allows the user access to Special:Athena, the page to view Athena's logs and reinforce the system