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From Terry Steichen <>
Subject Re: author ids
Date Sat, 23 Aug 2008 14:31:01 GMT
OK, just please clarify this issue for me: Under whichever technical
approach that's adopted, will JSPWiki users always be able to clearly
see which other users previously edited a page (and not be potentially
misled by interim changes in these other users' names)?

On Sat, 2008-08-23 at 16:19 +0300, Janne Jalkanen wrote:

> > I'm aware that JSPWiki doesn't perform any operations (that I'm aware
> > of) on the authoring history.  But I think that reduces the value  
> > of the
> > wiki (if users can't - definitively - learn who the previous  
> > editors of
> > a page are).  Maybe I'm missing something, but you indicate that
> > "[h]umans .. will of course care" - but isn't that a pretty important
> > consideration?
> Absolutely!
> But I was purely talking from the technical point of view.  And, that  
> means that there is no inherent technical advantage in storing the ID  
> of the user identity vs. storing the username itself into the repo  
> for the purposes of viewing the history of a page (in fact, there is  
> a tiny performance penalty for doing that).  Also, storing the ID  
> means that we cannot ever truly remove an user account either, since  
> losing it means that we lose the mapping metadata from an abstract ID  
> to a real name (unless that person has never changed a page, which in  
> turn means that removal is a nasty op where you have to check every  
> version of every single page to be able to determine whether it can  
> be removed).
> /Janne

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