Re: Cohousing wiki hit with advertising edit
From: Andrew Netherton (
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:07:32 -0700 (PDT)
Moderating a few of my own lists, I can sympathize with wanting to
keep things accessible, yet preventing spam or vandalism.  I'm all for
requiring registration, or requiring approval for unregistered edits.
If it's already getting spammed, we'd better get on that quickly
before our wiki become deluged.  Trust me, I had to deal with blog
comment spam not too long ago, and it gets out of hand VERY quickly.
I'd advise to make the change immediately, and debate the merits
later.  You don't want to have to spend a few hours a day undoing
malicious entires.


On 4/10/07, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> wrote:
The main page was edited to have most of screen full of advertising
23:27, 9 April 2007 (Talk) (Mobile phones get some amazing

I undid it.  I'm pondering setting the configuration to require
registration to edit. At least on a trial basis to gain experience in that
option. (Talk pages could still be edited without registration tho I'd
like to see people leave some identification there too.  I like to knw who
said what. And to require a valid email address and confirmation similar
to cohousing-L subscriptions.

I've just studied the details of how to do this a little so far: (then search
for "valid" )

Cohousing-L posts from non subscribed addresses are held for my review
( I get email notice that there are messages to be reviewed. )
I dont know details of how Media wiki handles attempts to edit by non
registered people if it is configured to require registration.
It would be nice to allow people to amke edits but they would not
become accessaible till approved...

Closely related conceptially but unrelated directly... the NPR segment
Future Tense had an item on ( "CZ" ) a few days
ago which is like Wikipedia (and uses Mediawiki software) but aims to
improve on that model by adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring
contributors to use their real names.

Earlier this morning (before discovering the ads on cohowiki)
I was exploring  CZ  (I'm generally sypathetic to the idea of encouraging
use of real names and identifying the source of communications
unless there is good reason not to, but I am undecided about the CZ
as an alternative to Wikipedia.)

BTW, I did finally get a no default logo on cohowiki tho it is just an
image with text that I made with Gimp.  (I am not very adept with Gimp.)


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