[webkit-dev] Bugzilla spammer

Michael Catanzaro mcatanzaro at igalia.com
Mon Jan 16 10:15:25 PST 2017


We appear to have a Bugzilla spammer [1]. The user posts a link to an
unrelated website (I guess trying to improve SEO) and gave herself away
by asking a nonsensical question about the bug (a request for detailed
instructions on how to solve the bug when the bug was "add a comment").

In GNOME Bugzilla we have been getting spammers with some regularity;
the admins there lock or delete the accounts and remove all their
posts, and remind them that Bugzilla comments don't contribute to their
SEO. We might want to follow the same approach to discourage more such
comments if this becomes a bigger problem for us in the future. GNOME
also has a dumb keyword filter [2] that's fairly effective at stopping
specific spammers if any particular spammer is persistent enough to be


[1] https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=162618#c4
[2] https://git.gnome.org/browse/bugzilla-gnome-org-customizations/tree/extensions/GNOME/Extension.pm?id=ed10237c723252eed886eb5a20467c932624be6d#n315

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