[flashrom] Easier accessibility for coreboot/flashrom wikipedias? What do you think?

qma ster qmastery16 at gmail.com
Fri May 19 10:20:27 CEST 2017

Dear coreboot/flashrom mailing list members,

As you may have noticed it is not that easy or straightforward to gain the
edit rights for coreboot/flashrom wikipedias so the people are mass
migrating to the unofficial wikis. For example: recently Zoran Stojsavljevic
had to bring his Coreboot/VBT article to Jimmy Wales wikipedia instead of
coreboot wikipedia, Mike Banon had to put his EC KB9012 chip flashing
article to DangerousPrototypes wikipedia instead of flashrom wikipedia, and
I could provide many other similar examples if needed

Currently, to get the edit rights for coreboot/flashrom wikipedias you have
to personally contact the wikipedias administration, who are the highly
active open source developers with a lot of things to do and may simply
forget to review your request - and you have to provide a good enough
detailed explanation of what exactly you are going to write or edit,
despite that your plans might change and suddenly you would like to improve
another article, write your own, or maybe even want to improve the many
other random articles: doing small changes like fixing the typos /
replacing the broken links / updating the clearly outdated information /
other fixes that are minor by nature but still are majorly improving the
wikipedias quality

I believe that the current administrative barriers are too high: to gain
the edit rights you should not be required to go through what seems to be
like a job interview, especially because this is not like a job offer and
your work at these wikipedias will be unpaid

My proposal is to give the edit rights to all the subscribers of the
coreboot/flashrom mailing lists, or at least to all those who have been the
subscribers for at least a day / a week / or a month. Could see only the
positive outcome from this action, because I strongly believe that all the
members of coreboot/flashrom mailing lists are responsible smart
individuals and their wiki contributions will be of high quality.
Alternatively, the registration could be made completely open, but with a
strong registration/login captcha or maybe even per-edit captcha to prevent
the automatic bots/spammers from ruining the wiki pages

Please share your opinions about this proposal. It is interesting to hear
your thoughts, and maybe they could influence the coreboot/flashrom
projects future

Best regards,
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