I agree with this, & would like to hear more about
how long the
blocks last, how to unblock IPs, etc.--the links are close together
on the History pages, and I'd hate to ban someone unintentionally. I
couldn't agree more that blocking an IP should only be done to
prevent vandalism, & never in anger. I also like the suggestion that
we not be able to block anyone logged in--or would vandals simply
start logging in?
I hope it doesn't sound too corny, but I think that the wiki spirit of
love will prevent this. Anyhow, I think we should try not to respond
to problems before they actually come up.
A long time ago, I had an idea similar to the wiki idea. But I didn't
do anything about it, because I thought of all the problems, all the
ways that it wouldn't work, and imagined a very complex system for
preventing abuse. But it was too much work to program, and had I
programmed it, no one would have participated because it would be too
hard to get started.
Now I realize -- build it in a spirit of trust, and only do something
about problems when they come up, always resisting the temptation to
solve problems that don't exist, or to over-do the solution.
If vandals start logging in, we'll have to do something about it. But
until that happens, maybe our trusting nature will make it less fun to