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DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:21 am
by DNS
As some of you know, I have been busy with one of my new projects on a Theravada Buddhist encyclopedia:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/

And now after having it for a few months, I see why some of the previous attempts did not work. Apparently there are some computer automatic bots that scroll through sites like that and post gibberish, spam, and just out-right vulgar pornographic stuff.

I have been busy moderating it and deleting the bad stuff as it comes up and today just decided to make it a read only encyclopedia. Now no one can edit it except me. I will still take suggestions and articles by e-mail which I will then review and then submit to one or more bhikkhus for review and then if it is acceptable, it can still make it on the site as another article.

This way, the project can continue. The things you learn in this internet - information age!

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:06 am
by appicchato
Good idea David...I'm off to check it out...

Ignorant me...what's a bot?...

Be well... ;)

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:21 am
by Dhammanando
appicchato wrote:Good idea David...I'm off to check it out...

Ignorant me...what's a bot?...
A web robot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bot

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:24 am
by Ben
Thanks David for your efforts with Dhammawiki.
I wish you every success.
Metta

Ben

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:04 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings David,

I think you've done a fine job of it.

It's also interesting to think that it might have a symbiotic relationship with this website... this website is the official discussion place for entries on Dhamma Wiki, and potentially ideas for more subject matter might come from discussion at Dhamma Wheel.

Very cool.

You might want to send a link to Dhamma Wiki to the owner of this Theravada Search Engine - http://s.billard.free.fr/dhamma/ as it would fit in perfectly there.

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:27 am
by Cittasanto
Have you thought about setting up a group to put the articles on which can be edited and reviewed and suggestions can be given without the bots using the mail option to spam you (if they can)?

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:26 am
by appicchato
Dhammanando wrote: A web robot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bot
Thank you friend...

Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:12 pm
by DNS
Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions!

Yes, the Dhamma Wheel could be a great place to discuss any potential article that someone might want to add. A person could make a post and then we could all discuss it. And we are fortunate enough to already have several of the fully ordained Sangha right here at Dhamma Wheel, who could also provide input.

On the main page of Dhamma Wiki, I have already mentioned that this Dhamma Wheel could be a place for discussing any of the articles. Thanks again for the comments and good wishes!