[Noisebridge-discuss] question for the panel, re: the wiki

jim jim at well.com
Sat Feb 11 19:56:55 PST 2012



    People might create accounts because the wiki suggests 
doing so. Some of those people may not revisit the wiki 
again; some may revisit to read with no recollection that 
they'd made an account. Some may revisit and recall and 
have nothing to add. Some may wish to add something but 
find insufficient navigation to find anything to which 
they want to add. 
    Out of 500, I'd guess over 200 might belong to one of 
the above subgroups. 





On Sat, 2012-02-11 at 15:40 -0800, Kelly wrote:
> I hope you are just doing this.
> 
> On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 16:38, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:
> > Soooo, we have a lot of user accounts on the Noisebridge wiki (over 500).
> >
> > Lots and lots of them don't have any edits to their name. My crazed
> > suspicion is that many of these non-editors are actually throwaway spam
> > accounts (although why you'd create an account, and then not go spam crazy
> > is slightly beyond me -- our captcha stuff is mostly in the user creation
> > part). A lot of them certainly have strangely algorithmic names, and get
> > created at a fairly consistent pace.
> >
> > I was thinking of going through and mailing all of the
> > people-who-are-users-but-have-never-edited-the-wiki and ask them to either
> > edit their user page, or have their accounts deleted. Then after a certain
> > time (10 days?) warning them again, then deleting the account.
> >
> > Reasons for doing this:
> >
> > * Purity of essence, and to gain a list of actual wiki users
> > * Encourage people who really are people and not spambots to put up a few
> > words about themselves.
> > * Long term, use the wiki user database as an openid/authentication system
> > for other NB resources. Creating a wiki account seems to be a good user
> > database, and it's on our critical infrastructurey bits.
> > d.
> >
> > Does anyone have some good reasons why people would create a user account
> > but not edit the wiki that I'm missing? Anyone think this is a bad idea? I
> > can't think of a downside, but that just makes me suspicious. I have often
> > deleted things with guileless confidence in an attempt to keep things nice
> > and tidy and then regretted it.
> >
> > d.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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