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Absentee Landlord

Release status: beta

Implementation User activity
Description Auto-locks the wiki database if the sysops are all inactive for some time
Author(s) Ryan Schmidt and Tim Laqua
Last version 1.1 (2008-06-11)
MediaWiki 1.16+
Database changes<abbr/> no
License GPL
  • $wgAbsenteeLandlordMaxDays
Hooks used
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The AbsenteeLandlord extension will automatically lock the database from any further changes if a sysop has not been on the wiki recently (determined by $wgAbsenteeLandlordMaxDays). This helps prevent dead or inactive wikis from becoming spambot targets. To unlock the database, a sysop simply needs to visit the wiki again.

Installation Edit

  • Download and extract the files in a directory called "Extension:AbsenteeLandlord" in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code to your LocalSettings.php (at the bottom)
require_once( "$IP/extensions/Extension:AbsenteeLandlord/Extension:AbsenteeLandlord.php" );
  • File:Yes check.svg Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration Edit

By default this extension locks the database after 90 days without having an active sysop. If you would like to change this, e.g. to 60 days you will have to add the following line below the inclusion of this extension:

$wgAbsenteeLandlordMaxDays = 60;
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