[LLVMdev] llvm wiki now a spamfarm

Renato Golin rengolin at systemcall.org
Tue Apr 12 01:15:24 PDT 2011

On 11 April 2011 22:13, Chris Lattner <clattner at apple.com> wrote:
> Hi Renato,
> How is a wiki with passwords different than an web site in SVN?

Not much, but there is one thing where it's better: you don't have to
give commit access to the trunk to someone who only needs to
contribute to the Wiki.

Commits can be reverted, yes, but wrong commits cause confusion for a
while (if detected in time), so I'd say that's a big win.

In wikis, you either restrict access via password OR have a heavy
moderator-based revision. The first is cheap but burdensome, the
second is very (very) expensive. Wikipedia can afford the latter
because most of that work is done by millions of people. We don't have
that luxury.

We could also distribute admin/moderator accounts to a few more
people, so they could create accounts too, and distribute the burden.

As I take it, the wiki is not crucial to any process to create, test
or release LLVM, so whatever happens there (except for spam,
obviously), is not that important and things can be reverted in their
own pace. Problems like this in the trunk, however...


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