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

From: Frantisek Dufka dufkaf at seznam.cz
Date: Thu Jun 26 11:22:02 EEST 2008
Dave Neary wrote:
> Hi,
> Frantisek Dufka wrote:
>> Dave Neary wrote:
>>> 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.

Yes, exactly, so I guess you don't respectfully disagree with that after 

> 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.

He did dot talk explicitly about spam. Automated and high volume spam is 
a problem. Hopefully captcha can solve that. The rest is vandalism or 
mistakes done by specific 'real' people and you can undo that. And even 
such persistent spammer can register, it is not much harder problem than 
gettin over captcha.

> I imagine you'd say the same about creating bug reports in bugzilla?
Exactly.  Some bugs don't get reported because of that. Some people who 
would join the bug hunt will never join (and such people would 
definitely register later themselves when reporting 2nd or third bug but 
this will not happen).

> I don't think that being able to do anonymous edits is a right

That's misunderstanding. I'm not advocating anyone's rights. This is 
about more closed community which will be poorer because of that. It 
hurts the community more than it hurts those people.

 > the second reason I don't like
 > anonymous edits - which is knowing who wrote what.
>I feel that having people identify themselves is normal, and a
> minimum expectation.

IP address has same identification quality as registered user 'joe123', 
joe123 at yahoo.com. You won't get more real information from registration.

I feel that much better and more polite and friendly is to let people 
register later (after 2nd, 3rd contribution) when they decide it is 
worth the hassle.

The only argument left which I do agree with is additional work for 
implementing captcha and fixing occasional vandalism if it won't be 100% 
bulletproof. But maybe we already wasted more time in this dicussion 
that it would take to implement this http://recaptcha.net/plugins/mediawiki/


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