[Fontconfig] Time to kill the fontconfig wiki?

Michael Garvin mgarvin at bell.net
Wed Dec 1 09:08:19 PST 2010

I only just hopped on a couple of days ago, so I don't know the history of the project, and can't really say where the colloration is (or isn't).   I'm just looking at this as a new person to the project; if I wanted to contribute some stuff, will it be easier to use standard wiki login (or whatever authentication is being used), or submitting my text to someone else who can update a locked web page.   I suspect its would be harder/more time consuming to make updates to a locked/static page...but I don't really know how such pages are even updated.  If updates are infrequent and its a small team, then collaboration "ease" seems like a minor issue.

I'm not trying to block either approach, as I say just thinking about it as a completely new person to the project.


> Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:35:46 -0800
> From: alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
> To: mgarvin at bell.net
> CC: fontconfig at lists.freedesktop.org; freedesktop at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: Re: [Fontconfig] Time to kill the fontconfig wiki?
> Michael Garvin wrote:
> > Sacrificing collaboration because of the spammers (moving to static
> > pages) seems undesirable :(  Are there options to make it more secure? 
> > Improving security is probably a good investment.
> Can you find a single page in the fontconfig wiki that anyone has ever
> collaborated on?    Other than the front page, which is locked, the only
> other pages in the wiki about fontconfig itself are the old release notes
> that Keith posted years ago.
> If it was actually being used, like some of the other wiki's on freedesktop,
> I would suggest better policing - we greatly reduced spam in some of the
> other wikis by simply nuking it quickly so that the spammers moved on to
> targets like fontconfig where their spam lasted longer, and by keeping the
> spam words blacklist updated to block the domains they were trying to link to.
> -- 
> 	-Alan Coopersmith-        alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
> 	 Oracle Solaris Platform Engineering: X Window System
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