Re: Our Wiki just got hijacked

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 11:56:38 CDT

At 12:32 PM -0400 6/29/04, David Mertz wrote:
>>This has always been the greatest danger of the Wiki model. The OVC
>>documentation needs to be controlled by the OVC, and we really do need
>>a gatekeeper or a team of gatekeepers for the documentation.
>Doug may have missed the fact that Wikis, including ours, has
>rollback of changes.
>A Wiki is closer to a discussion list than it is to formal publication.

Others may not make that distinction. I'd prefer if we had a login
system. Simple passwords will do.

>Obviously, if we want to publish material that emerges on a Wiki
>more formally, the publisher should -read- what they copy over :-).
>For example, if Arthur includes some Wiki content in our academic
>papers, he'll be sure to make sure it isn't actually an ad for a
>gambling site before submitting the paper to a journal. Or even
>just if we copy something to the FAQ or other web page.

The danger is not merely vandalism, it is someone changing our text
in a way that we don't notice and changes our meaning. That's the
greater risk. We should control write access to our system. It's
related to the reason I'm controlling mailing list membership.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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