[Lazarus] "Off Topic" Wiki entries

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk
Thu Oct 3 11:08:31 CEST 2013

Martin wrote:
> On 02/10/2013 19:48, Bart wrote:
>> On 10/1/13, Mark Morgan Lloyd <markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk> wrote:
>>> There's always a risk that the author has created the page as the first
>>> step to putting in something relevant, but if he doesn't make that clear
>>> with e.g. a "work in progress" introduction or at least an explanation
>>> in the talk page then it's at his own risk.
>> In some of the pages I wrote in "discussion" tab: "Why is this page in
>> this wiki? It has no bearing or programming" or something similar.
>> The original author has not responded to that.
> looking at (which I found by looking for recent talk)
> http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/vpn/de
> This page has NEITHER
> - pascal relevance
> - nor any significant amount of work that went into it.
> Any such "dummy articles, written in 5 minutes or less", I would suggest 
> to delete with short, or no notice.

If the author can't be identified as a known user and won't explain his 
rationale then he and his contributions should be treated as suspect- 
particularly if the contribution is cut-and-paste from elsewhere.

If he's not keeping an eye on the article and its talk page then I'd 
suspect that he's sounding out the wiki as a potential home for link 
spam or similar. I'm having to do quite a lot of manual spam filtering 
at the moment, and I'm seeing quite a lot of subject lines that look 
like they've come from Google Books. So a certain species of vermin is, 
regrettably, getting smarter.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

[Opinions above are the author's, not those of his employers or colleagues]

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