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proposed policy for user names on W3C wikis

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 20:59:34 -0500
To: public-wiki-dev@w3.org
Message-ID: <2010.1196215174@ubuhebe>


Some time ago I wrote:
   http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/User_Account_Management

I haven't gotten much feedback, but there's been a little, and I've
thought about it some more, and here's my conclusion:

   1. Wiki users may choose their own username. It is suggested, but not
      required, that they use their real name (as below), in a form
      which is likely to be unambiguous within the the larger W3C
      community.  It is okay to use WikiNames.  Use of given names
      (alone) or nicknames is generally discouraged, since they it they
      may well become ambiguous when a new person joins the group.

   2. There should be a wiki page for each member of the group, using
      their real name, redirecting (#REDIRECT) to their user page. Thus
      group members can be referred to like: 

        [[Sandro Hawke]]
        [[Peter Patel-Schneider]]
        [[Markus Krötzsch]]

      as, for example, in the OWL minutes [1].   These redirect pages
      can be set up by the users themselves, or by anyone else with
      write access to the wiki.

   3. Looking forward, we should try to get OpenID working on MediaWiki,
      and w3.org should allow users to enumerate OpenIDs for themselves
      (on [2]).  Then, users should be encouraged (and perhaps
      eventually required) to authenticate themselves to the Wiki using
      OpenID.  That will allow identities to be linked across W3C
      services, so the Wiki will know who is in a Working Group, etc.

This "policy" will be adopted on a WG by WG basis.  I expect OWL will
adopt it, and others are free to follow it or come up with something
different. 

Thoughts?   Concerns?

    -- Sandro


[1] http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/Teleconference.2007.11.21/Minutes
[2] http://www.w3.org/Systems/db/memUser
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