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ConfirmEdit or Google ReCaptcha v2 not working?

Chuck.Kahn (talkcontribs)

Recent flood of new spam users on my Wiki over the last 12 days.

How do I stop this flood? I've had ConfirmEdit installed with Google ReCaptcha v2 on this Wiki since 16/08/2018. Did Google ReCaptcha v2 change something? I have been using the same set of Google ReCaptcha keys on two different Wiki domains. Was that the problem? I just now created separate keys for each Wiki. The other Wiki's newuser list is here:

And here's my LocalSettings.php setting:

wfLoadExtensions([ 'ConfirmEdit', 'ConfirmEdit/ReCaptchaNoCaptcha' ]);

$wgCaptchaClass = 'ReCaptchaNoCaptcha';

$wgReCaptchaSiteKey = 'your public/site key here';

$wgReCaptchaSecretKey = 'your private key here';

I opened a Chrome Guest window and was freely able to create a Test page on my Wikis without being logged in. Shouldn't ConfirmEdit be... confirming the creation of new pages in that situation?

Dinoguy1000 (talkcontribs)

I was going to say that ConfirmEdit + ReCaptcha v2 is incompatible with VisualEditor (per these edits), but it appears that your wikis don't use VisualEditor. I guess this module is simply broken somehow.

I can't offer a fix, but I will suggest that if you can, to switch to the QuestyCaptcha module; with unique question/answer pairs, it completely eliminates automated spam unless the spammer decides to specifically target your wikis (and even then, you can simply switch out the question/answer pairs).

Chuck.Kahn (talkcontribs)

So I #-d out the ReCaptcha lines and added these QuestyCaptcha lines and tried creating a Test7 page in a Guest Chrome window and again got no prompt. Same creating a Test8 page from another PC.

wfLoadExtensions([ 'ConfirmEdit', 'ConfirmEdit/QuestyCaptcha' ]);

$wgCaptchaQuestions = [

'What is the capital of France?' => 'Paris',

'What is the capital of Spain' => 'MADRID', // Answers are case insensitive

'What is the name of this wiki?' => $wgSitename, // You can use variables

'How many fingers does a hand have?' => [ 5, 'five' ], // A question may have many answers


Chuck.Kahn (talkcontribs)

Tried creating a new page today in a Guest Window and was prompted with the QuestCaptcha question 'What is the capital of Spain' -- so it works now. I didn't change anything from yesterday but today it works.

Chuck.Kahn (talkcontribs)

Got a ton of spam today so I changed the QuestyCaptcha questions. Anything else I should try?

Dinoguy1000 (talkcontribs)

The questions you set for QuestyCaptcha shouldn't be generic. Ideally they'll reflect the subject of your wiki, and shouldn't be super-obvious without at least a passing familiarity with the subject (though you should also be careful not to make them too obscure). The questions in the code you posted in response to my first comment are all bad ideas for actual questions to use, especially since they appear directly on the extension page here as examples of questions.

With proper question/answer pairs, QuestyCaptcha is going to be one of the most effective anti-spam measures you can install that still allow for normal editing with minimal hassle.

Chuck.Kahn (talkcontribs)

Saw the main page of my wiki was vandalized today. I opened a guest window in Chrome and was able to edit the main page -- no QuestyCaptcha prompt needed. Then I added these lines to LocalSettings.php:

$wgMainCacheType    = CACHE_ANYTHING;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['edit']          = true;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['create']        = true;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['createtalk']    = true;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['addurl']        = true;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['createaccount'] = true;

$wgCaptchaTriggers['badlogin']      = true;

And the QuestyCaptcha prompt appeared. Here I was adding harder and harder questions to QuestyCaptcha every time spam appeared and it turns out it wasn't the questions but these added option lines that are needed.

Dinoguy1000 (talkcontribs)

QuestyCaptcha isn't intended to stop vandalism, but to stop automated spam. Vandalism is almost always done by humans, so any questions that allow for normal editing are going to be trivially defeated by vandals. You should instead use other tools for antivandalism, such as protecting high-traffic pages that shouldn't be edited often (e.g. your main page, and any very widely used templates), and installing and configuring AbuseFilter. QuestyCaptcha itself should usually only be configured to trigger on account creations and bad logins, and on page creations and new external link insertions for anonymous or non-autoconfirmed editors. (talkcontribs)

Hi All

I have same problem.

Does not show proper ReCaptcha, show text "CAPTCHA" only. :(

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