Community Win: Gone in 60 Minutes

TechNet Wiki is growing and improving! It’s open for everyone, and that’s awesome!

But it has its risks as well. For example, being open for anyone means that unwanted content might appear – displaying advertisements, or links to harmful content.

Today I would like to highlight the work of those who fight against these things here, on the Wiki.

I keep an eye on the RSS feed of the recent articles, and it’s amazing how quickly our Wiki community reacts when unwanted content appears. [I also try to add my 2 cents, of course :)]

Let’s see our last case (thanks Richard):

The spam page had only 41 minutes to live. As I followed it, our response time is somewhere between a minute and an hour.

Got spam? We have Ninjas. 🙂

Of course, a wiki administrator or moderator will remove these pages completely after the revision of its history, but that’s a different story.

If you’re interested in following the changes in TechNet Wiki content, check the article: Wiki: How To Monitor Content (en-US). If you would like to know why and how spam pages should be flagged, please visit the Wiki User Guide: Handling Abuse.

Let’s keep the Wiki clean!

Comments (10)

  1. Thank you for the quick update of the wiki- ninja!

  2. Pete Laker says:

    Hi Zoltan

    What is the rss feed for recent articles?…/rss.aspx just gives me stuff from 19th June, and a link to the main articles page which does have a recent articles list, but no rss link.



  3. Yay, Richard! Zoltan, thanks for helping bring light to some of our unsung community heroes!

  4. says:

    Hi XAML guy,

    Try this one:…/rss.aspx

  5. Pete Laker says:

    Thank you Zoltan!

    It's a very slow loader, but at least it works.

    You don't happen to know any more do you?

    Like how to pull the tag cloud or top lists like contributors?

  6. Pete Laker says:

    Also, anyone have any idea what the difference with this one is?…/rss.aspx

    Taking out Contents/Articles from your link produces this different result. Not every edit as the last link, but also not just new articles, some old article edits.

  7. says:

    @XAML guy:

    The list of tags is included in every Wiki page, check the page source. (It's needed by the tag completion feature in the Tags editbox.)

    The top tags (with some weighting, but not an exact order) can be pulled from here:…/default.aspx .

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