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

From: David Greaves david at dgreaves.com
Date: Tue Jun 24 23:13:14 EEST 2008
Denis Dimick wrote:
> One way to address this would be, allow registered users to edit and
> have the edits update in real time, and have the anonymous edit vetted
> before allowing them to be added.

What benefit does the community get from doing the work to allow anonymous edits?

In a mailing list situation some mailing lists only allow subscribers to post;
others allow non-subscribers to post.
This is similar.

Typically allowing non-subscriber posts is a pain because it lowers the barrier
to spam. However that's often worth suffering (eg lkml) because it's more
important to allow bug reports in.

In this situation the sum total of anonymous browser contributions is *highly*
unlikely to contribute enough to offset all the *lost* work members would have
done whilst fixing spam and installing captcha software.


PS They're not asking for people to subscribe to a commercial list or anything -
just register at 'yet another website' and confirm they have a legitimate email
address - surely the best commonly deployed captcha anyway!!

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