[gambit-list] Gambit wiki account creation

John Velman velman at cox.net
Tue May 31 10:51:51 EDT 2011

I'm a bit confused.  I seem to have been caught/lost in the changes.

1. Some time ago (late March?) I had registered (my iMac
keychain was holding a user name and password).  Between vacation and other
activities, I didn't have much time for Gambit until last weekend.

2. On Saturday I tried to sign on, and the Wiki said there was no such

3. I tried to re-register, and after 15 minutes or so of typing in the funny
letters, I gave up and wrote a nasty email to the funny letter people.
(By the way, someone should write a pattern recognition program to help us
with these funny letter things which are becoming ubiquitous :-)

4. Later, still on Saturday, I tried to re-register again.  This time I succeeded
on the first try.

5. I was never asked for a biography, or if so I missed the asking.

6. I've never received the email confirmation code (as far as I can tell),
but when I press "confirm email address", it says "A confirmation code has
already been e-mailed to you;"  I checked my spamprobe file and it's not
there, either.

So I seem to be half in and half out.

I don't know if this is because of my carelessness or a system error.
If my carelessness, please accept my apology for the long email.  But I
would like my email address to be authenticated.


John Velman

On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 09:36:41AM -0400, Marc Feeley wrote:
> On 2011-05-31, at 3:14 AM, Marijn wrote:
> > Hi Marc,
> > 
> > On 05/30/11 17:02, Marc Feeley wrote:
> >> Due to the recent increase in spam on the wiki, I have installed a mediawiki extension to ask that all account creations be OKed by me and the email address confirmed by the requestor.  That way we should be able to reduce the spam down to zero.  The price to pay is that the new account won't be usable immediately.  So if you would like to contribute to the wiki, you might want to think about creating an account in advance.
> > 
> > This is all well and good, but is it really necessary to require a 50
> > word biography?
> That's the default configuration of the ConfirmAccount wiki extension.  But I kind of like having a short bio... it allows me to distinguish the scammers, spammers and Schemers.  Those without the patience can always enter 50 words of gibberish (and then I'll use some detective work to determine if they are a robot or not).
> Marc
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