[Noisebridge-discuss] on allowing anonymous editing on the wiki

Henner Zeller h.zeller at acm.org
Sun May 18 19:02:12 UTC 2014

I think it is crazy that we allow default anonymous editing for important
infrastructure pages in the first place given how much grief it cost for NO

Also I think user pages should be protected to be editable by the user in
question only unless they choose not to (e.g. if they need pledges from
logged in users for their associate membership).

All other pages should be free to edit, unless they are under attack.
On May 18, 2014 11:39 AM, "Naomi Most" <pnaomi at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Friday, after learning that our Events listing had been vandalized
> enough to prevent the CNC mill event from "sticking" long enough for
> anyone to read it, I took the unilateral action of protecting the
> front page, Vision page, and Category:Events page with editing
> restricted to "new and unregistered users" only.
> Annoyance was registered from 2 IP addresses by posting on the Talk
> pages for those spots.
> Admittedly, I have a lot to learn about wiki culture.  But I am
> struggling to understand -- in this era of Tor nodes being used to
> shield anonymous edits from punishment /anyway/ -- how it's useful or
> necessary to allow "anonymous" -- meaning, IP-identified -- editing to
> our pages.
> I'm worried that, in our haste to ban IPs, what we're really doing is
> creating a blacklist against Tor in general.
> I'm looking for some arguments and perspectives on why anonymous
> editing of our most important, public-facing pages should or shouldn't
> be allowed.
> I'm probably going to turn off this protection myself tomorrow, after
> Maker Faire Madness brings our most active admins back to attention.
> For education on this topic, I am reading this wikipedia page and
> considering whether noisebridge.net fits the same constraints as
> wikipedia.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kaiwen1/Vote_to_prohibit_anonymous_edits
> Thanks,
> Naomi
> --
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