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

Kelly hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 23:40:30 UTC 2012

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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