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30th-Jun-2008 04:14 pm
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Appropedia is a fully open wiki, like Wikipedia. Others require registration, while still others, such as the P2P Foundation wiki and Connec+ipedia, require you to "Request an Invitation".

As I understand it, Michel's rationale for requiring a request for invitation is to experiment with a different kind of community, where people know each other. This may work in this case, where Michel is very active in creating and soliciting in-depth content.

My inclination is still very strongly towards openness, though. I have seen very constructive anonymous edits to Appropedia immediately after I've blogged on a certain topic - that's much less likely to happen on a less open wiki. They might leave a blog comment instead, but the direct engagement gives more power to the contributor, is more satisfying, and is less work for me.
1st-Jul-2008 06:17 am (UTC) - web of trust wiki's
I'm regularly asked why access to this site is not totally open to everybody, why you need to ask an existing member to get your id and password?

The policy was instituted for the very practical reason of spam attacks and hacker attacks.

But there is also some thought behind it:

1. our wiki is a 'perspectival' wiki: this means that though it is pluralist, it does require an adherence to the a priori proposition that the emergence of the peer to peer dynamic is a good thing. So, we can and do discuss the dark sides, may disagree on how to achieve a broader acceptance of peer to peer modes, but we a priori agree that in most cases, it is better than authoritarianism and inequality for example

2. we practice the principle of Vouching, this means that at least one existing participant must know you. We practice this very liberally, i.e. I cannot recall ever prohibiting anyone, but it insures that no one is completely anonymous

These principles are however open to discussion, and the existing community could at one point take the decision to take the risk of totally opening up participation.

Michel Bauwens, July 4, 2007
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