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

Gregory Dillon gregorydillon at gmail.com
Sun May 18 19:11:57 UTC 2014

I believe this is a great topic to discuss, partly because it brings  the
good society critical concepts of how to balance anonymity, privacy,
control, free and political political speech to our own house, to where we
feel there results.  Rather than only debating the concepts in the
abstract, we have to struggle with them where they effect us.

The analogy I raise is to a free speech scheme  (designated no protest
areas, and free speech areas)  that has received some widespread support.
Which would probably be applied as locking the main pages from anonymous
editing,  while allowing some spam and trolling and hopefully criticisms of
what is happening at NB by people who care, but want to remain anonymous.

On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 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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Let's stay in touch.  Greg
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