Forum:Moldovan Uncyclopedia and spam

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I somehow ended up browsing mo: yesterday, and I ended up turning up a bunch of spam userpages created in November-December 2012. I left a message on one of the admins' talk pages asking him to delete the spam, but he hasn't done so; in fact, he hasn't been active since March, and there's been no activity since 15 April if you don't count Rhubella Marie's edits to mo:MediaWiki:Recentchangestext and my blanking of a spam page and request for deletion of the spam.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to check if there was a Wikipedia in Moldovan. There is - but apparently it was shut down in 2006 per a discussion on Metawiki. This surprised me, since of course I thought Moldovan was a real language; however, it's not entirely clear if it's a language, a writing system, a dialect or a political division.

Moldovan Wikipedia appears to have been intended to be solely in Cyrillic, something that isn't nearly so clear for Moldovan Uncyc - the user interface is a sort of patchwork of writing systems. It really looks as if whoever wrote it never made up their mind as to which writing system should be used. Moldovan, from what I have heard, is really just a dialect of Romanian and completely mutually intelligible. It certainly looks exactly like Romanian to me excepting the flip-flop between Latin and Cyrillic, but then I don't really know either language. It also seems that the alphabet usually used for Moldovan/Romanian is Latin except in Transnistria, which apparently contains a smallish minority of Romanian/Moldovan speakers and is a puppet Soviet dictatorship or something (can't explain about that one), and the official alphabet in Moldovia and Romania is Latin, hence making it relatively unimportant for any Moldovan/Romanian wiki to exist that used Cyrillic.

All that said, I'll also point out that Romanian Uncyc is seemingly far more active than Moldovan Uncyc, and though I am not particularly interested one way or another in the outcome I doubt many of us would be all that sorry to see the wikis merged.

What do you all think? Of course I will be contacting the local (semi) active users if this becomes a serious discussion, not to worry. The last thing I want to do is pull the rug out from under their feet.

On another topic: I thought we had decent spam filtering now in all the wikis, but I was proven wrong yesterday, as it appears three spambots got in in just the past few days and created spam pages. They are blocked now but I wonder how and why this happened to Belarusian uncyc and not the others.

Llwy-ar-lawr (talk) 13:36, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I also looked through ro:Special:RecentChanges just now and there is a lot of spam there as well. I have blanked it all and also reverted what appeared to be common vandalism rather than spam. Still the wiki is more active than mo: - apparently the admins aren't though since CartoonistHenning removed their rights. I'm happy to delete the spam on ro: and mo: if anyone is interested in assigning more mops to me, but I feel like I have a lot of them these days. I suppose there's nothing really wrong with that though. Llwy-ar-lawr (talk) 14:05, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
That new spam-filter we have at Oncyclopedia, the puzzle, works neat, but the thing is: it only responses to external URL's, and pages without URL's and just texts, are free to save, so that is a weakness. In Dutch, it's possible to block any Polish texts, French texts or other not-usual languages.
To me: Moldovan is Romanian, but more a different dialect. In general, I am not the most positive about new Uncys in languages that are not spoken that most because of huge inactivity and server-size-loss, but though, the main thing is: how good people know the site, and I guess that is not the case, unless people are interested in an Uncyclopedia is another language. I would not mind merging Moldovan to Romanian. Roye7777777 ~ Talk 18:45, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
The captcha should be making non-admins solve the puzzle before creating pages as well. I know it does on Celwyddoniadur; it hasn't had any spam for a long time.
Yes, Moldovan is a dialect of Romanian. The wiki isn't particularly new - it was created on 11 January 2009 - but it isn't terribly active either. Rhubella Marie and I have been the only active users since 15 April, and even then the activity was pretty spotty: see last 5000 changes in the past year. Note also that the Moldovan and Romanian Uncyclopedias have the exact same name (Neciclopedie). I think I will contact the users on their talk pages about this forum but I doubt they will respond. Llwy-ar-lawr (talk) 15:51, 15 July 2013 (UTC)