[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] spam at maemo wiki

From: Jonathan Matthews-Levine matthewslevine at gmail.com
Date: Tue Sep 12 16:57:47 EEST 2006
On 12/09/06, David D. Hagood <wowbagger at sktc.net> wrote:
> Steve Landers wrote:
> >
> > The first (and perhaps most significant) is to include 'rel="nofollow"'
> > in all links, and to prominently display the following message on all
> > edit pages
> This assumes that spammers are smart enough to read the message,
> understand it, and care. Given the evidence, I would assert all three
> assumptions are false.

Fair enough, thought it wouldn't hurt unless #EditPageViews *
$SizeOfImage got too large.  I doubt Nokia's /particularly/ short on
bandwidth, however ...

> I would say that if somebody values their words so little that they
> would not create a login, then the rest of us should accept their
> valuation as well - and not allow them to access the system.

I disagree strongly.  I made a fair few "tidy-up" additions to the
maemo wiki before creating an account.  These minor alterations were
made in response to, for example, following a howto and noticing
inaccuracies as I went along and are - IMHO - just the sort of
low-barrier-to-entry modifications we should welcome from any passing
good-willed user.

I agree with the person who, earlier in this thread, said
(paraphrasing) "when I find a wiki with an account creation
*requirement*, I often walk on by."  If they don't want my informal
contribution in a *revision*controlled*, wiki environment where they
can throw it away if it proves not to be useful then that's fine -
they won't get it.

Kind regards,
Jonathan Matthews-Levine | e: matthewslevine at gmail.com
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a
horrible warning."
  -- Catherine Aird

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