In fairness, the suggestion I have for someone to be able to common sense fix the problem the current mediawiki install has on digital ocean is not a best practice.
I am reasonably sure there's a more secure way to do it than the one I laid out through some back end, and the one provided does absolutely have risks (and big ones).
For someone without heavy duty SQL/mediawiki/server experience, however, it works and will fix the problem without incident most of the time. That describes me, really. I only know the fix because I ran into the same problem, and after digging around about how to go about it, that was the only answer I found.
At some point, you have to do what works and hope for the best, especially when the argument about how to get something done takes up more time than researching how and getting it done.
@Monogram Check the "Omit From Display" checkbox. That tells it not to show up in your "main window."
Edit: Which, granted, is pretty unintuitive, because everyone's sort of used to thinking of every one of their windows as a spawn. But Potato seems to classify things more like "Your main window is your main display, your channels are a spawn."
Okay! Too bad there weren't any more entries. The idea of contests like this is a good one to instill creativity and actually get stuff done with a deadline; ever since Optional Realities ran their contests I've pondered running something Evennia-centric along similar lines. Time will tell.
Thanks for the replies, if I decide to pay a little, I might try skynethosting.net. I was considering biting the bullet to remove ads on wikidot alone, but that seems like a better deal if I can get the recurring discount.
Now if they can spoof IPs (not all that hard), then things get more complicated, but usually that results in other problems first.
To elaborate what she means for those unaware, I will translate.
Chime: 'Applications that can ban ips after a certain number of authorization failures are great!' slight shift in posture 'Until someone that knows that you're using one modifies their headers and blocks your IP so you can't log into your own server.'
You might even be asking, how hard is it to tell that these programs are being used? Not hard. Trivial even. They're not even recommended. By anyone. Anywhere. Except here I guess.
However if we're being fair, Security by Obscurity isn't a recommended solution either, it's just one of those things that you tack on as an after thought because you can.
Case in point (For thread necro): If you rely on either of these things for your security you've already lost.
2nd Case in Point: This is why my thread wasn't entitled: How to secure your hosting box.