[Newbies] [DOCS][Q] How to certify authorship for contributions to the Squeak Swiki? [Was: Re: User account for squeak wiki.squeak.org]

Miguel Enrique Cobá Martinez miguel.coba at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 15:21:56 UTC 2009

El vie, 17-07-2009 a las 14:53 +0900, Benjamin L.Russell escribió:
> Currently, according to the Squeak Swiki entry for "Squeak
> Documentation Team" [1] (see http://wiki.squeak.org/squeak/808),
> editing the Swiki is protected by a very simple common password
> protection scheme, as follows:
> >The Swiki is password-protected to discourage vandalism.
> >
> >    * Username: squeak
> >    * Password: viewpoints 
> Unfortunately, when a user clicks the "history" link at the top of an
> Swiki page, the user obtains a list of changes with the users listed
> by IP address/DNS entry, for example, as follows:
> >chfwpr03.ch.intel.com
> However, this does not allow a unique identifier to be associated with
> a user if the user logs in from multiple IP addresses/DNS entries. For
> example, I have a Macintosh at home and a Wintel machine at work, and
> I wish to associate a unique identifier to updates that I make from
> both machines.

This was discussed in the squeak board blog a few weeks ago. I pointed
that we need a better platform for the wiki, one where the users are
more inclined to contibute, even if the platform isn't made with
smalltalk. I think that the board is open to use other technologies but
I feel that there is a bias towards smalltalk technologies. I don't care
of the technology (almost, but at least free software) while it have the
capabilities and functionality necessary for the job. I think that the
swiki lacks a *lot* of features you can find in several wiki platforms
of today. Also, the smalltalk community doesn't have the people and
resources to rewrite and be on par to other wikis.
But that is just my opinion. The board has the last word.

Miguel Cobá
> This would allow me to certify authorship for any articles that I
> write, providing additional motivation to write more entries.
> Is there any way to associate a unique user identifier, listed in the
> page that is generated when the "history" button at the top of an
> Swiki entry is clicked, to all edits that I make to the Swiki?  If
> not, are there any plans for this in the future?
> (Otherwise, for example, it is not clear how to attribute changes
> conveniently for universal edits; in particular, it is not clear how
> to attribute changes conveniently for inline edits in large blocks of
> text, where there is no convenient surrounding text to place a
> username; or for minor but significant punctuational changes, such as
> substituting a semicolon for a comma, where the space occupied by a
> manually inserted entry claiming authorship would significantly exceed
> the space occupied by the change itself--a rather inelegant solution;
> there should be a way to claim credit for Swiki contributions.)
> -- Benjamin L. Russell
> [1] Fulmer, Matthew, Aaron Reichow, Andrew Lawson, and Max OrHai.
> "Squeak Documentation Team." _Squeak Swiki._ Squeak.org. 8 June 2007.
> 17 July 2009. <http://wiki.squeak.org/squeak/808>.
> On Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:17:19 -0600, Miguel Enrique Coba Martinez
> <m.coba.m at gmail.com> wrote:
> >I am trying to edit a page but I can't find the place to
> >create a user account.
> >
> >When I click the edit button in some page from the wiki,
> >Iceweasel (Debian's unbranded Firefox) ask for a username and a password.
> >
> >When I click the history button, I get a list of changes and in the
> >user column I see strings like:
> >
> >ACCF7AF4.ipt.aol.com
> >
> >so this makes me think that the edition of pages it is open and your
> >IP address is used as your username.
> >But, the problem is, I can't pass the user/password request.
> >
> >The user/password dialog says:
> >
> >http://wiki.squeak.org solicita un usuario y contrasena. El sitio dice: 
> >"/squeak/*"
> >
> >Something like:
> >
> >http://wiki.squeak.org needs a username and password. The site says: 
> >"/squeak/*"
> >
> >And if I click the cancel button it responds with:
> >
> >Unauthorized for: /squeak/*
> >
> >Can you please tell me what is the process to edit a page in the 
> >wiki.squeak.org?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Miguel Coba

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