[kde-community] Spam attack on wikis - comments needed!

Luigi Toscano luigi.toscano at tiscali.it
Wed Jul 24 12:04:29 UTC 2013

On Wednesday 24 of July 2013 12:42:53 Anne Wilson wrote:
> One proposal is that we should require contributors to supply a valid
> email address when registering. We acknowledge that some people don't
> like to register email addresses where they may be found by others,
> but that is not an issue on the wikis.
> If you register your email address on any of our wikis
> * It is not visible to other users
> * Other contributors can (though rarely do) contact you, but only
> through the wiki. They do not see your address unless you choose to
> reply by email.
> Now the questions:
> What would be your concerns if we implemented this?
> Would this stop you from registering as a contributor?
> Please add any other relevant comments.

I'm an old time contributor (hi list! I'm mostly an Italian translator), and I 
think that:
- an email is the really minimum amount of information required, also as point 
of contact and for accountability. When we translate PO files, we always put 
an email address. I was surprised (I discovered it during Akademy) that it was 
not required for wikis.

- why don't require identity registration? I understand that the idea is to 
lower the threshold for new contributors, but identity is used also for other 
services (and it will be used more and more), and on the other side the 
registration shows a bit of interest in the community.

PS. The email was sent also to kde-devel. Should I reply also there? Following 
a split discussion could be a bit complicated.


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