[Mediawiki-l] Forbidding anonymous edits in MediaWiki?

Evan Prodromou evan at wikitravel.org
Fri Apr 2 01:58:52 UTC 2004

>>>>> "EP" == Evan Prodromou <evan at wikitravel.org> writes:

    EP> But also: what's to stop your disruptive visitor from creating
    EP> a user account? Or another user account, when you block that
    EP> one? And another? How much time has been saved, over simply
    EP> rolling back edits?  And now there's just one, or a few,
    EP> people who are able to take active measures... meaning things
    EP> get out of hand faster.

I forgot to mention one more thing: once you start taking these
technological steps, you change the focus of the problem from the
unwanted _edits_, to the unwanted _editor_.

Someone who's been told they're not wanted will either a) walk away
dejectedly, b) learn an important lesson about themselves, or c) do
everything in their power to prove that YOU are wrong for rejecting

If you concentrate on the problem edits, there's a chance that a
compromise can still be reached. If you concentrate on the problem
editor, those chances go down precipitously.


Evan Prodromou <evan at wikitravel.org>
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