On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Michel Clasquin wrote:
Once instituted, will the software automatically
assign cabal status or
will you and/or Larry do this manually? If automatic, what prevents a
really persistent vandal from suddenly being blessed with cabal
membership? If manually, how do we stop even the perception that this is
really the Jimmy Wales Admiration Society?
I think this should be done automatically. A persistent vandal blessed
with cabal membership would have a banned IP, complaints to sysops, etc.
As for the perception, the club should be inclusive. I've you've been
working on Wikipedia for some minimum amount of time, you should be in.
This means that 80% of the people who work on Wikipedia should be in.
There's no reasonable way to construe that as the JWAS. :-) Besides,
Jimbo's proposal is to keep the very existence of the old timers' rights
Also, does cabal membership expire when you go on
holiday for a few weeks?
If so, how long can the "real world" call you away from the wikiworld
before your cabalicity (cabalaciousness? cabalicality?) expires?
Why let it expire at all?
Technically speaking, I work from different machines
browsers, which is why some of my work is attributed to my IP number.
Would cabal status be recognised in any of these?
Magnus' code lets you log in with a username and password.