[WikiEN-l] "Doomsday" threat?

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 17:18:47 UTC 2006

On 10/11/06, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/10/06, Neil Harris <usenet at tonal.clara.co.uk> wrote:
> > Given that these mailing lists are available to be read by potential
> > adversaries, it's probably not a good idea to speculate here about what
> > those countermeasures might be...
> One important point that escapes many is that when you try to explain
> "it's a website the readers can edit", some people immediately go OH
> NOEZ and list every obvious reason it can't possibly work and the
> enterprise is provably doomed. Wikipedia cannot possibly work in
> theory.
> Yet somehow it keeps working, pretty much. This is because every
> single one of the doomsday scenarios has happened and keeps happening
> and we've learnt to deal with them as part of the normal course of
> events.

We thought that about Usenet spam too, once.

We lost that one.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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