[Haskell-cafe] Wiki user accounts

Thomas ten Cate ttencate at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 13:53:41 EDT 2009

This runs on MediaWiki, right? How about adding a CAPTCHA for account


And, more generally:




On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:46, Gwern Branwen<gwern0 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM, Philippa Cowderoy wrote:
>> I'm hearing reports of people having difficulty obtaining accounts on
>> the Haskell wiki, without which it is impossible to make edits.
>> Currently, account creation is disabled as an anti-spam measure, and the
>> idea is for people to mail the admin and request an account. If this is
>> to work, accounts need to be granted reasonably quickly - so far, I'm
>> aware of a case where after 4 days there has been no response.
>> This is particularly problematic for Anglohaskell, as signups and the
>> like are via the wiki page - as a temporary workaround, I'll (and anyone
>> else willing to lend a hand who already has an account) have to make
>> edits on others' behalf, which is a serious inconvenience for both
>> myself and attendees, as well as something of a barrier to entry.
>> What's going on, and how can we speed things up?
> Presumably Ashley is busy.
> http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/?title=Special%3AListusers&group=sysop
> There are only 3 bureaucrats/admins; one is a dummy account, one is
> Ashley, and one is John Peterson (who hasn't edited for a year).
> One solution would be to have Ashley re-enable user registrations.
> This has been suggested before, but no one knows how bad the spam
> would be. Another solution would be to sysop a few users to
> admin/bureaucrat, so that even if a few are inactive or away, the rest
> can handle requests.
> If I might suggest some users we might give the bit to: myself, dons,
> Magnus Therning, Neil Mitchell, and byorgey. All have been editing the
> wiki for some time, some have administrator experience on Wikipedia,
> and all have commit bits for various Haskell repos (and so presumably
> can be trusted). (Of course, this list isn't intended to be
> exhaustive; they're just who comes to mind looking over Recent
> Changes.)
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