Some of your points are true, and very well discussed already, but I wonder about the "can be stolen" idea. Do you avoid using locks on your house or car because the keys might be stolen?
Let's say we tried to make a sort of "community center" where people could come to use the facilities for their own enjoyment. There might be big-screen TV, a pizza oven, a popcorn maker, some computer terminals, a extra-large washing machine, a welder, automotive repair tools, etc.
Assuming we want as many people to participate as possible, we would want to make the situation 'open' or 'free' (as in Freedom) which seems similar in intent with SoftSecurity. I read once that RichardStallman disliked physical locks on doors and the computer login passwords when working/living at the MIT AI lab, and would subvert them in various ways.
That is all fine and dandy until some jackass comes in when nobody is around and starts smashing things. Or, in the case of a wiki, begins causing trouble that can be 'reverted', but is still annoying - such as turning furniture over or shutting off the computers etc.
It's a good feeling if you know that you have HardSecurity as a last resort. Then it is nice to use SoftSecurity as a more humane way, as long as you can stand it. It's not good if the system forces you to rely on SoftSecurity. BTW I miss at MeatBall the complete archive that ProWiki offers. -- HelmutLeitner
As far as I know you just need to set the "expiration date" to some very larg value, like 1000 years or so. But there are reasons to not do that other than storage limits: ForgiveAndForget. I have used both kinds of wikis, those with complete history and those that can forget about old conflicts, and I must admit I appreciate the latter and that they make me much less nervous when editing -- I know that my mistakes and slip ups won't live forever, at least if someone notices and corrects them. -- RadomirDopieralski
Hey Radomir, this is a good point. Forgiving is a core value. The early Christians certainly forgave Paulus, without forgetting, that he was a Saulus before that. On the contrary, they all (including Paulus) were proud about that transformation. We all are permanently in a "Saulus Paulus Transformation" (hopefully) ;-) -- FridemarPache