[maemo-users] Anonymous wiki edits: disable NOW (please)

From: Dave Neary bolsh at gnome.org
Date: Tue Jun 24 22:27:34 EEST 2008

Frantisek Dufka wrote:
> Dave Neary wrote:
>> Frantisek Dufka wrote:
>>> I do see harm
>>> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/maemo/developers/11259#11259
>>> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/maemo/developers/11260#11260
>>> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/maemo/developers/11264#11264
>> I respectfully disagree.
> BTW, did you read all three links/opinions?

Yes. I understand the arguments - creating an account is a barrier to
entry, and we might dissuade newcomers from doing minor edits.

The argument of Jonathan that since the wiki is versioon controlled, and
thus rolling back spam does not cost much, is flawed, because in the
case of anonymous spam, the spamming is automated, the roll-backs are
manual, and there are a lot of them to do.

I agree that having a challenge-response for anonymous user edits will
reduce the spam, but it doesn't address the second reason I don't like
anonymous edits - which is knowing who wrote what.

>> We ask that people subscribe to a mailing list before mailing to it,
> Yes, that's major pain too :-) Same principle applies, if they don't
> want my contribution, why bother? I don't have time to subscribe to 101
> mailing lists just to post once or twice there.

I imagine you'd say the same about creating bug reports in bugzilla?

> Users can login if they want. Captcha would remind them that they are
> not logged-in and same page could provide login box too.
> Forcing random contributors to register is not very nice goal IMO.

I don't think that being able to do anonymous edits is a right - in
fact, I feel that having people identify themselves is normal, and a
minimum expectation.

> BTW, feel free to CC the list back if you wish

Oops - I hadn't noticed that the list wasn't CCed.


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