Why Samizdat is not the same as the Ivory Tower

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 12:48:28 CDT

On Jun 29, 2004, at 1:32 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> This is not the first time that our site has been vandalized

Nope... it's the second time.

> and unless we create authentication, it won't be the last.

Probably not. It took two hours to fix this vandalism. If our Wiki
gets used more, it will take much less time though.

FWIW, I think the restricted mailing list is a mistake too. Spam
filters (and maybe a block list if obnoxious people disrupt things)
would be a better approach to eliminating unrelated messages. But
Arthur set it up, and does the work to maintain it... so it's his
decision to make.

But a web site under the control of a couple people in the hope of it
being read by a "general population" is an "anti-Wiki." I don't want
to host one of those, nor participate in one. Well... that's not
exactly true: we *do* have a number of such pages already,
appropriately. For example, the EVM2003 and OVC websites already serve
this role. But something that pretends to be a Wiki while really just
being a publish-only, no-participation, web site feels very dishonest
to me.

All that said, if vandalism starts happening more than once every
couple months, I suppose we'll need to do something. But we should
make it as easy as possible for non-vandals to get access... i.e. not
require vetting by me, or by Arthur, or by Laird, or whomever, just
some sort of open registration that a bot won't manage to do.
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