Re: Our Wiki just got hijacked

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 12:28:47 CDT

At 1:16 PM -0400 6/29/04, David Mertz wrote:
>>>A Wiki is closer to a discussion list than it is to formal publication.
>
>On Jun 29, 2004, at 12:56 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>>Others may not make that distinction. I'd prefer if we had a login
>>system. Simple passwords will do.
>
>What others?! People who don't know what a Wiki is?

The typical person looking at our materials.

>If you're worried about it, add a note to the HomePage that says "A
>Wiki is more like a discussion list than it is like a formal
>publication"... that way anyone who goes there will know that fact.
>
>>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.
>
>Just look at the change history. There's nothing subtle there: it
>gives you explicit diffs between versions, with colors and
>highlights pointing out what's changed. Looking at a colorized
>diff, it's pretty darn hard to miss it if a change gives the wrong
>meaning. It doesn't make a whit of difference whether that wrong
>meaning is malicious or careless, or just represents a
>misunderstanding by an OVCer... if it's wrong, make it better!

I don't understand the social problem of having registered users and
passwords. It avoids vandalism, and let's us know who wants to
contribute.

>I definitely DO NOT want to create an ANTI-WIKI that masquerades as a Wiki.

Who's talking about an Anti-Wiki? I'm talking about controlled
authorship. We don't allow merely anyone to post to our mailing list
(and we've stopped quite a few Nigerian spams that way), and there
aren't calls to allow anyone.

I think people should introduce themselves to a community before
contributing. Having strangers edit our discussions, for good or
evil intent, is not a requirement of a Wiki. Rather, I want a
discussion amongst a community, to which others can join.

For the record, how long did it take until the vandalism was
discovered and restored?

Best regards,
Arthur

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