[flashrom] [coreboot] Easier accessibility for coreboot/flashrom wikipedias? What do you think?
Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli
GNUtoo at no-log.org
Mon May 22 16:14:06 CEST 2017
On Fri, 19 May 2017 11:20:27 +0300
qma ster <qmastery16 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
Having already an account, I cound't notice it.
Having good quality and extensive documentation is really important, so
fixing that is important.
> 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.
Having a human review the subscription would probably be a better
idea, if done correctly:
- Humans could review if the request seems legit.
- The subscribers could have that human as a reference, to ask questions
- The reviewers could help the subscriber if they whish.
However to work correctly:
- The review process would need to be fast for both the reviewer and the
subscriber. An idea would not to have to go trough something that
looks like a job interview, as it was mentioned, but rather explain
why the subscriber wants wiki access. It should then be explained
what kind of description is expected.
- It would be nice if a welcome page is created on the user account
space, like on wikipedia. This would permit to refer to some general
guidelines for the wikis. For instance, some of my edits on the
flashrom wiki were reverted or moved to my user page, because I
didn't properly understand what level of anti-bricking safety was
There are also lot of tutorials on the Internet which uses improper
voltages (like 5V instead of 3.3V) for the flash chip, and as I was
told, it accidentally works probably because the wire setup is so bad
that the voltage drops on the wires, due to the resistance.
Good guidelines/explanation pages would probably be sufficent to
avoid such issues in the flashrom wiki.
 I explained how to reflash the option rom of an old nvidia GPU by
explaining how to bypass the read-only safety in flashrom, and
making several writes attempt to flash the (sgabios) image.
Since the method used always succedded for me, I thought that it
was fine at the time of writing.
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