Contrast why we DissuadeReputation instead of PunishReputation, thereby limiting temptation for reprisal.
See also SoftSecurity.
According to lore, MIT used to provide an open computer lab called the IncompatibleTimesharingSystem where no passwords were required to "log in." This limited the temptation to hack other's accounts. They also provided a handy system call crash that would crash the machine, also limiting the temptation to bring down the box. The current policy is about same as any university Unix system: locked down as much as is feasible.
Could this be because the game of gaining cred for crashing was replaced with the game of getting away with it with no one knowing it was you? Bonus points for choosing a choice moment to be disruptive. I figure there is a lesson here about channelling certain energies. Simply removing or limiting temptation wouldn't be enough.
You're always wrong on a wiki. That doesn't prove your position is invalid because life isn't bivalently logical. But as long as you demand conflict, you will get it. Don't demand that people try to prove you wrong. As long as you humbly teach what you know, and cautiously suggest only what you barely know, people will naturally fill in the details and the counterexamples because people can't resist teaching what they know in turn. -- SunirShah
LimitTemptation's philosophy says that imposing restrictions is an AntiPattern, but it sheds no light on failing to enable. It isn't really a "feature" insomuch as a dimension of flexibility. The difference is weakening versus empowering. You can choose not to empower somebody.
This is like the two types of lying: 1. outright falsifying information, 2. not relating information you know even though someone wants it.
I question whether it worked on WardsWiki. I'm not satisfied with the social/political limits of the PPR wiki, and I think it can be improved. (In another forum--I no longer intend to "save" the PPR.) The UserName feature (and the anonymity it allows) was not present until quite recently. --CliffordAdams
True, UserName is new, but the general attitude of not restricting contributors is not. Plus, UserName has not hurt WardsWiki in the six or so months it has been available.
I am curious about your comment on the social/political limits on WardsWiki. I have never seen a problem with the culture, people, social mores, etc. My biggest frustration is lack of tools to sift the content to make it more meaningful to me. Categorization, more ways of looking at RecentChanges, etc. -- AnonymousDonor
Personally, I expect you'll have as much success as the MIT AI hackers --CliffordAdams