Re: Our Wiki just got hijacked

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 00:44:33 CDT

On Jun 30, 2004, at 1:27 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> If the password is published widely enough to allow readers, then it's
> published widely enough to permit vandals.

Nope. Whatever the other arguments, this one is wrong. Vandals really
means "bots" here. No one, but no one, goes into Wikis manually and
maliciously modifies sites... well, sure, on "hot" topics where people
write related but flamey stuff it's manual.

But the gambling nonsense, or similar spam-type stuff is all done by
automated programs. Those automated spiders simply do no know any
passwords or usernames. And none of the wiki-spammer are going to take
manual efforts figure out details for some small discussion site. Just
like email spammers don't go through list registration procedures, even
for lists with open/automated memberships.

> The two VPs of the OVC have recommended against (1).

OK... but I can't donate my host to an anti-Wiki. Hosting it somewhere
else is entirely out of my hands, of course. In fact, the fact you
-can- host somewhere else is a small blow for anarchy, and therefore
good.
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