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Re: MATLAB / Octave compatibility

From: Bill Denney
Subject: Re: MATLAB / Octave compatibility
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 07:44:26 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 14 Jan 2006, Etienne Grossmann wrote:

I added this IP (originally, I added what I think are
IPs). Does it work?

The one I posed a few minutes ago is my home, upenn is where I go to school. I will probably edit it from both locations.

On Sat, Jan 14, 2006 at 06:46:51AM -0500, Bill Denney wrote:

# Could it be made so that new users (who register automatically through the
# website) are allowed onto help pages that may be blanked from time to
# time (probably generally to categorize the content onto other pages)?

The point of non-automatic registration is to discourage spammers/defacers

Right, but if the automatically registered account was limited to pages that used nofollow, it is of no use to a spammer. Also, it would be simpler to just revert a couple of pages than to look through the entire site.

# Also, I noticed that you had NOFOLLOW setup on all the pages.  With this,
# I also think that the system is diminished because if I understand
# correctly, google will not really index the site.  Perhaps an addition to
# the above suggestion would be to have nofollow on the world(ish) editable
# pages all add nofollow while other pages could be indexable.

I just learned about these tags, so my knowledge may be lacking.
Imho, we should have FOLLOW and INDEX, right, at least when a robot is
accessing the site. I'd say the wiki script's code, below, does just
that, but I may be wrong.


If I google OctaveForGNULinux CategoryInstall, the wiki's page is
pointed to, so it seems ok. Any input on this?

Sorry, it was late when I posted this I didn't check before I replied. I guess what I was trying to get at was that if we add noindex,nofollow to links to external sites on world editable pages, we would prevent the benefit of a spammer, and we would get the benefit of the world being able to edit the site.

# Finally, there should be all kinds of rate limiters possible to limit the
# number of comments per hour and per day per IP address.  That by itself
# would protect from everything but bot nets.

Sure, if you're willing to set it up. I myself, unfortunately, have
very little availability for this, but it would be very welcome.

What wiki software are you using?  I will look into it.

# My thoughts are:  how does wikipedia handle such things.  They allow bots,
# but they don't seem to have a major problem with large scale
# vandalization.

Good point, I don't know either.

I'll try to look into that one, too.


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