Ruby.Net and Wiki Spam


For relaxation purposes (yes, I am a geek) I’ve been playing with dynamic programming languages:  Perl, Python and Ruby in particular.  Recently I found a project to build a Ruby bridge so you could use it with .NET.  The site is set up as a Wiki:  http://www.saltypickle.com/RubyDotNet

Unfortunately, when I found the site it had been totally trashed with Spam (they’ve fixed it since).  Poorly integrated Spam.  Clearly some Spam Bot had just wandered across the site slamming it with links to porn sites and other crud. 

This is a business model?  I am continually stunned to find that Spam and Pop-up ads attract *any* sales.  I understand from some of the cases of Spam they will send out 10 million e-mails and make money off the 50 sales they get back.  But Wiki spam?  Of a technical site?  Hmmmm…you know, I thought I wanted to learn Ruby, but hey hey hey…check out this offer to improve my sex life!  Where’s that credit card?


Comments (6)

  1. Bob says:

    All wiki’s that allow anyone to edit the pages have this problem. Requiring users to sign up for an account to be able to edit currently reduces the problem to manageable levels but it still needs a few people to check reccent changes daily.

    I think the main aim of wiki spam is get more links to pages and hence get a higher rank in search engine results.

  2. John says:

    Right, forgot about the page rank angle.

  3. DotWind says:

    Exactly as pointed by Bob this started same as with blogs/comment spam. it’s mainly to gain page rank. The more links the higher up you are ..

  4. python for .net says:

    If you haven’t already, see IronPython and boo: http://boo.codehaus.org/

  5. John says:

    Thanks, I have IronPython, but I had not seen boo.

  6. Peter says:

    It will be interesting to see if Google’s rel= nofollow attribute has much effect (positive)