WikiServers

Mike is far more knowledgeable than I am in this area, so I'm sure that it is just lack of understanding on my part -- but it seems that creating a wiki farm and pointing to it with a wildcard in an "A" DNS record (e.g. *.fedwiki.jeffist.com) allows anyone on the web to create a wiki and start uploading content.

It is also possible to create individual DNS records instead of using a wildcard (e.g. student1.fedwiki.jeffist.com, student2.fedwiki.jeffist.com, etc.), but this still leaves those pages open for anyone to navigate to the URL and start editing/uploading until each page is claimed using an email authentication.

On one hand, this leaves me a little concerned what kind of nefarious content might conceivably be anonymously uploaded to an institutional server by random internet users until all of the wikis are locked down. On the other hand, does locking this down reduce the intrinsic capabilities and benefits of fedwiki as a collaborative tool?

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One solution is to create an individual DNS entry for each student (as described above) and keep the server port closed to outside web traffic until each wiki has been claimed, but is this missing the point?

I'm hoping the Masters of FedWiki will chime in... : )

I'm preparing to use Smallest Federated Wiki in an introductory Information Sciences class that I'm teaching in the Spring, so I'll need to setup a wiki farm where about 30 students each have their own federated wiki.

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