On 24 May 2005, at 00:22, Rory Browne wrote:
> I respect the fact that you're the server admin Colm, but could you
> loosen up a bit?
No, I don't think so; I've run Wikis and similar user-contributed
sites before, and the one lesson I've learned is that you can't
underestimate the determination of spambots. Our experiences with
the ILUG blogs site are pretty salutary also.
> I don't think anyone else here wants to make it difficult or
> frustrating for people acting in good faith to be able to
> participate in the scoil.linux.ie community.
The bar has to be high enough that only a human can effectively pass
it - a Turing test, basically. This could be implemented using
Captchas (which have their own problems) or by the original and
simplest Turing test; talk with a human. I don't think that "sending
an email" counts as particularly difficult or frustrating, but I'm
willing to try out various approaches. Let's start with what I
suggest, and if we get complaints that the process is difficult or
frustrating, then we'll change it.
> Personally taking all the presented opinions into account I think
> the only fair way forward(or fair compromise if you prefer) is to
> have a system where users need accounts, but those accounts can be
> obtained relatively easily, and relatively automatically, for
> humans acting in good faith.
Yes, however, this is harder than you might think. Personally, I
think that sending an email is preferable to participating in a
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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