Extension:HoneyPot

This extension is professionally maintained by the WikiTeq team.
WikiTeq provides official support for MediaWiki LTS releases only. It may work with other MediaWiki releases.
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HoneyPot
Release status: stable
Description The HoneyPot extension adds a basic honeypot to the account creation interface to help prevent automated account creation attempts.
Author(s) WikiTeq team
Maintainer(s) WikiTeq team
Compatibility policy For every MediaWiki release that is a Long Term Support release there is a corresponding branch in the extension.
MediaWiki >= 1.35
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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$wgHoneyPotMisleadingError
Quarterly downloads 4 (Ranked 136th)
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The HoneyPot extension integrates a "honeypot" mechanism into the MediaWiki account creation interface. This approach inserts a text field hidden from users by CSS (but not of the hidden input type) and blocks account creation if a value is input into this field, aiming to deter spambots and automated account creation efforts.

Installation edit

  • Download and move the extracted HoneyPot folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/HoneyPot
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'HoneyPot' );
    
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration parameters edit

The extension introduces a configuration option $wgHoneyPotMisleadingError to control the error message displayed when the honey pot is triggered. By default, $wgHoneyPotMisleadingError is set to false, providing an explicit explanation. If set to true, a generic password mismatch error is shown instead