Re: Why Samizdat is not the same as the Ivory Tower

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 14:07:43 CDT

At 1:48 PM -0400 6/29/04, David Mertz wrote:
>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.

If it happens more often, I agree we'll definitely need to do
something. That being said, I prefer a visible-to-the-outside but
contributions only from a community of vetted people. It's easy to
get on the mailing list, so that's not a problem. It should be
similarly easy (but not automatic) to get onto the Wiki editing
system.

Vandals can make an environment unusable. That's what spam is doing to email.

Best regards,
Arthur

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