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From Henning Schmiedehausen <...@intermeta.de>
Subject RE: Apache Wiki defaced
Date Sat, 07 Jun 2003 09:10:03 GMT
On Sat, 2003-06-07 at 10:40, Noel J. Bergman wrote:
> Fixed.  Someone beat me to it by a few minutes, and then I fixed up the
> formatting.  If you should see something like this again, the easy thing is
> to view the most recent good version, click to edit, and then just save.
> > this opens the question of "leaving the door open with no lock" really
> > works in the long run or if we must live with "wiki terrorists".
> The wiki theory is that it is so easy to repair vandalism that the immature
> cretins basically lose interest in their juvenile activities.  For more
> discourse on the subject, see:
> http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SocialAcceptabilityOfWikiVandalism


while I basically agree with you on the Wiki point of view, the question
(at least to me) remains, whether the Apache Wiki is an experiment in
communication or a tool for documentation.

Imagine someone trying to demonstrate the power of the community
supporting an Apache project in public by showing that there is a
community supported Wiki site with contains many answers. 

Imagine that someone calling up the page while doing a presentation in

Imagine a developer sending a potential user or developer to the Wiki
for "more information". 

Imagine someone competing with an Community based Apache project,
knowing that there is an important/interesting talk or presentation
about it and changing the wiki contents before or during (!) the talk.

To most people, events like the defacing of the main page is an
annoyance. But if we want to promote the wiki as a resource of valuable
information to users, IMHO this could be damaging for the credibility of
the projects.


[1] Sounds paranoid? Well, judge for yourself: At least one large
Software Company has been reported to pay PR agencies to place positive
stories about their products / negative stories about competing products
as "user reports" in the public discussion groups on some well
recognized news sites here in Germany (Heise Ticker).

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