tepples wrote:By "invite", did you really mean the system where you have to get an invitation code from an existing member out-of-band and then each member can only give out a small number of valid invitation codes per month, like early Orkut? Or do you mean like Advogato, which requires that users be certified by other users in order to post outside their own blog?
I think I chose the wrong word for it. If we have an invite like you said, this would reduce the people that can create an account and I find this wrong. What I meant is a user will have to send a request to get is account approved. It could be a form with the requested username and the user could talk a little bit about his interest/goal about nesdev etc. If it's a bot, the message would make no sense anyway. But it would make judging if an account is valid hard if the bots get smarter. But in that case, it would mean the spammer are directly targeting nesdev for some strange reason.
koitsu wrote:The system I described worked like this: you could read the board without authentication, but an attempt to post (e.g. the Submit button) would require HTTP authentication (mainly using an Apache .htpasswd file).
But does this mean that on every post you will need to write the password or the authentication is only done once? My guess is this is a one time action until the session is over.
tepples wrote:But then this raises the question of what happens should moderators become unavailable for extended periods. We don't want another Atarimike situation.
In the case of the previous wiki, we only had 1 administrator which was not easily reachable. Now we have me, you, Memblers and in the worst case scenario Koitsu can help on the subject. If we are concerned about this, we just add more admins to avoid the problem. It should be people that post here often. If someone cannot cover his position for a certain time, he should get in touch with the other moderators. I don't mind to help once in a while since I did it already for the wiki and can cover night requests.