[Bioperl-l] Changes to the wiki-enabled portions of our website(s)
Fri, 08 Dec 2000 14:18:44 -0500
Over the past few months there have been several incidents where people
have abused the collaborative editing features contained within the
wiki-enabled portions of the Open Bio websites (bioperl.org, biojava.org,
biocorba.org, bioxml.org and biopython.org).
The most recent incident happened within last 24 hours when someone deleted
and/or attempted to change the bioperl wiki docs that outlined our release
07 roadmap and module checklist.
Although we have enough logs & audit data to start tracking these people
down we haven't bothered - simple web vandals are not worth our time. The
CVS integration within Wiki makes it easy to roll back the malicious
deletions & changes whenever we detect them. Special thanks are owed to
Jason Stajich who wrote some behind-the-scenes scripts that automate the
The problem has now become one of administrative time and effort -- we
have better things to do than monitor our wiki constantly. At the same time
the obvious benefits of having anyone within our projects be able to
create and update web content make it essential to keep the system around.
Hence a compromise (and a bit of a social experiment):
We are making the assumption that the web vandals are just random surfers
who chanced on our site and could not resist the temptation of web links
that say "edit this page" and "delete this page". We are hoping that they
are not also subscribers who are reading our mailing lists :)
So-- I have now password protected the "edit" and "delete" portions of all
the various Open Bio project wiki sites.
The 'experiment' is that this email is going to disclose the username and
password so that all of you can continue to help improve and update our web
content. We are hoping that this semi-public password will be enough to
keep our site safe from the casual sort of mischief.
Wiki edit/delete access info:
Our backup plan if this experiment fails is to change the password and
reveal it only to people who ask for it. I'm hoping that we will not have
to take this step as it will have the effect of slowing down our content
creation and updating progress.
Chris (and all the Open Bio admin folks)
Chris Dagdigian -- Blackstone Technology Group
(Work ) firstname.lastname@example.org (Home) email@example.com
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(More ) Full contact info and schedule -- http://sonsorol.org/dag/contact.html