[CentOS-docs] wiki and author/maintainer name

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Thu Oct 25 10:23:15 UTC 2007

Akemi Yagi wrote:
> Hi all,
> I think that every wiki page should have a name(s) of the
> author/maintainer of that page like in:
> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/JavaOnCentOS

I strongly disagree. By adding the name of a person on there, you basically say 
that this page is $OnePersonsPage and other people should stay away. The whole 
idea of a wiki is to have edit access for as many people as possible.

A link to the changelog should be plenty, if people want to work out where to 
send the changes if they dont have edit rights - there should be a policy and 
howto page for that in the wiki, perhaps link to that page from the bottom of 
each content page.

> The name that appears at the bottom is not adequate because it could
> be someone who has just corrected a typo.  In fact, that entry can be
> eliminated once the contact info has been given on the page.

This is like going back a few steps from the idea of a wiki to the idea of html 
static pages. What problem are you actually trying to solve here ?

> The whole purpose of this is of course to make it easier for people to
> send in corrections / questions / tips / accolade etc etc.

I see it go the other way, make it more strongly associated to one person, and 
thereby discourage edits by other people.

Karanbir Singh : http://www.karan.org/ : 2522219 at icq

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