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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject [DISCUSS] Wiki Authorization Policy
Date Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:11:55 GMT
I notice there tend to be two flavors of wiki on ASF project,

 1. Wikis that are limited to project committers (so pretty much as closely-held as the web

 2. Wikis that are writable by anyone who sets up an account and then request write and editing
permission from the project.  (This is different than a level of administrative access that
allows granting of such accounts.)

In the past there were fully-open Wikis, but it was discovered that lead to adulteration by
spam and make curation too difficult.  So, instead, the fully-open Wikis, such as the AOO
Community Wiki, were changed to provide authorization only upon request to the dev list. 

I favor (2) as a way to encourage community-participation.  There are many fully capable to
contribute valuable content on wikis and forums and who do not have project-developer ambitions.
 I prefer to see that kind of contribution encouraged.  Although Corinthia is looking more
to tool-building than end-user interests, it still strikes me that having the wiki as open
as practical is a good idea.

Has any thought been given to this already?  What are the views on this?

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