RE: Our Wiki just got hijacked

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 13:59:27 CDT

At 2:07 PM -0400 6/29/04, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>The revision history is:
>
> Revision 23 . . June 29, 2004 11:00 am by Dqm [Restore
>vandalized homepage]
> Revision 22 . . June 29, 2004 10:38 am by Ekennedyx
> Revision 21 . . June 29, 2004 8:11 am by
>CBL217-132-89-133.bb.netvision.net.il [www.casino-online-on-line.com]
>
>So at 8:11 AM the wiki home page became a casino ad. At 10:38 one of
>us deleted the ad, leaving the page blank. At 11:00 two of us
>(smile) restored the original page.
>
>As for the issue of the wiki being our documentation, and the risk
>of it being defaced, I can see three easy options:
>
>1) Leave it as is.
>2) Add HTTP authentication to the web server, so we'd have a
>(shared) username and password used to access the site. This would
>block reading as well as posting.

2 is definitely bad.

>3) We move to a more sophisticated Wiki system that provides for
>logging in, access control over authoring, etc. For example, there's
>a Wiki module for Drupal that works quite nicely; if you'd like I
>can set it up on our Drupal site for people to evaluate. It
>basically looks just like a Wiki with Drupal sidebars. :-)

3 is what I'd prefer.

Best regards,
Arthur

>- LP
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>From: owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net
>[<mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net>mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net]On
>Behalf Of Arthur
>Keller
>Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 1:29 PM
>To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
>Subject: Re: [voting-project] Our Wiki just got hijacked
>
>
>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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