Sunday, February 6, 2011

note to contributors - perils of open blog



flowers of sulfur , an open poetry blog that i have belonged to for a while - and which inspired me to start this blog, has apparently - apparently, there is still some question as to what happened - been hacked by a disgruntled member. many of the contributors to flashing by are also contributors to fos and will be aware of what happened. others can get an idea by looking at the comments section of the most recent post on flowers of sulfur - or can e-mail me.

the bottom line is that this has exposed something i have always had in the back of my mind - the extreme fragility of an open blog, especially one where all or most of the members have "administrative privileges." basically, anybody with "privileges" can do anything to anybody else's posts - alter or deface them or delete them, also do anything to the layout of the blog itself. a war could break out with members going back and forth over each other's posts. you just kind of assume that nobody is actually going to do this.

the advantages to everybody having privileges are that :

a) members can invite new members - but nobody but myself seems to be doing this anyway

b) members could use the sidebar to promote their projects - but this can also be done by posting

c) it makes collaboration between members on individual posts much easier - without it collaboration would have to be done offsite with one member posting - but in practice this is mostly what is being done already

so - at the urging of some contributors - i have removed the privileges of all except myself and a few other "original gangstas".

any questions please feel free to e-mail me. rpenmarq at gmail dot com

rhoda penmarq


5 comments:

Jenny Enochsson said...

rhoda, I think that is a wise decision. Ande and I were thinking of giving everyone at rufous salon admin privileges, but now we will not do that. What has happened at FoS is just too creepy and affects to many people. I guess I am gullible and that is typical of Swedes, I have heard.

Thanks for your support.

satu kaikkonen said...

Rhoda,

I think too that it is a wise decision. I have some "contribution" blogs too but I have kept the admin privileges only to myself....


and now I'm glad that I have done that...

It's very odd and sad what had happend to Flowers of Sulfur...

Old 333 said...

@Jenny: gullible and honest are sometimes the same; leaving your doors open is a sign of strength.

@Rhoda: Glad you've locked the place - I like coming here, and being a part of here, and faceless creeps give me the creeps. I'm totally OK with anonymization, but at least put a face on when you're done erasing your own. The type who snipe from out of sight are bugs.

The use of the name "troll" to describe them is a total insult to my green-skinned, cold-livered, knobby, warty, clumsy ancestors, too. When we come out from under a bridge, you know it.


talk to ya later -
Peter

Dan Leo said...

Good move, Rhoda. It would be nice to be able to trust everyone, but, alas, writers and artists are just as goofy as "normal" people...

human being said...

thanks!

your illustration for this post just killed me...
:)