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SecurityFeatures

Features that impact who and how can access and edit the pages and how the changes are logged. Also anti-spam measures.


Logging and peer review

DelayedCommits

We all don’t like seeing the FrontPage defaced. Yet, we still want to be able to edit it. How can we do this safely, without using AccessControlLists or even StagedCommits?

You can have it so that the FrontPage uses DelayedCommits. When a page uses DelayedCommits, changes don’t apply until a specific number of hours or days have passed since the last edit to the page.

StagedCommits

“Staged Commits” means that when you save a change, it doesn’t actually change the page right away. When you hit the “Save” button, the page still looks like it did before you made any changes. You have to wait for someone to authorize your changes, before they actually apply.

MailedUpdates

Some WikiEngines will mail you if something interesting happens.

FilteredRecentChanges

A way to filter the recent changes by user, part of a wiki, or other rules. In other words, search in recent changes, or see recent changes in search results :-)

RatedMembers

Members acquire ratings from other members.

TrashCan

If TrashCan were implemented, then “delete page” would be easy to undo. (Making things easy to undo is generally a good thing – this helps people CommunityWiki:BeBold, and reduces the “are you SURE?” dialogs and other annoyances that tend to grow around things that cannot be un-done).

VisitorVisualization

Everyone can see who’s visiting the site, what pages they are visiting, more or less as it happens (or, within 10-20 seconds, given HTTP).

DigitallySignedEdits

Use a cryptographic signing system like OpenPGP to sign edited pages.

CollateEdits

Treat multiple quick edits by the same user as a single edit.

Access rights and protection

AppendOnly

Instead of making a page completely ReadOnly, it could get a PageFlag which restricts access in that existing content of a page cannot be changed further, but text could still be appended at the bottom of a page.

EmailAddressProtection

Hide e-mail addresses (or other addresses like ICQ numbers or Jabber account names) from automated spiders while keeping them accessible to humans at the same time.

FailSafeWiki

A wiki where users don’t even notice when any one machine is unplugged.

FailSafeWiki – the idea that you might have redundancy between wiki, one goes down, the next comes on-line.”

InfiniteVersioning

Wikis that don’t expire old versions. The original wiki implementation didn’t store old versions at all. Wikis based on versioning systems stored all old versions. Some wikis expire older versions, not immediately.

LicenseSwitch

The idea of this feature is to have a “license switch” among a user’s preferences.

The license switch starts in “Default Copyright,” which means that if the user wants to do anything other than “Default Copyright,” the user must consciously flip the switch, thereby saying: “I understand and acknowledge that my posts are by another license.”

PublicallyEditableIntermap

The idea is to have an Intermap that the public can edit. That means that the system administrator doesn’t have to edit a static intermap.txt file.

See InterLink for more information about intermaps.

RollBack

Rollback all edits made after a certain point in time.

Assume your wiki has been hit by a spam-bot. There are over 1000 edits to revert. The rollback feature allows the administrator to revert the entire wiki to whatever state it had at some time X in the past.

SurgeProtection

A mechanism preventing high server loads and spam/dos attacks by limiting the activity of the users to a pace appropriate for most human beings.

AccessControlList

A well known and advanced system of specifying access restrictions and rights to resources – in this case, to the pages.

Spam and content filtering

BayesianFiltering

Use bayesian filtering techniques to detect unwanted edits to Wiki pages.

HoneypotFrontPage

A HoneypotFrontPage is a FrontPage that intentionally left open for editing to attract WikiSpam bots, so they can be easily detected and banned. It’s meant to be a spam prevention feature that’s simple and automagical.

The idea is based on these basic but important characteristics about WikiSpam and FrontPages:

Most admins lock their wiki FrontPage to prevent WikiSpam and WikiVandalism. However, by intentionally leaving the FrontPage open for editing to attract WikiSpam bots to spam it, it’s possible to detect WikiSpam as they arrive and then proceed to ban their IPs from editing any other pages for a limited time.

QualityIndicator

We want high-quality wiki pages, right ? How in the world do we measure “quality” ?

RatedPages

Each page is assigned a rating by users.

RatingsGroups

Allow users to form multiple groups for the purpose of rating content on the wiki. Each piece of content may then be associated with multiple ratings.

RejectDuplicate

Reject all edits that add a URI that already exists on some other page of the wiki. Perhaps with a polite comment about “We’re already talking about that on (name of other wiki page)”.

This helps well-intentioned users condense information Wiki:ExactlyOnce. (Unlike many proposed anti-spam features, which annoy well-intentioned users).

Once this is implemented, then IdeasToPlace #179 MassRevert and #177 SpamMop are unnecessary – any user can just delete the Wiki:ExactlyOnce instance of that URI in a few seconds. This also #149 LinkBanning is trivial – any user can put/move that link on a “Banned Links” wiki page that can only be read by logged-in users (and so is invisible to Google). (CategorySecurity)

WikiSpam

Many proposed wiki features are in reaction to the problem of spam.

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