[Pmwiki-users] CVS features was: discussion on line breaks

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud
Tue Aug 12 08:58:57 CDT 2003

Based on the large number of responses from people over the past few
days who have said they want to see authorship tracked, it's now
one of my highest priority items for development.  I expect to have
this feature integrated into PmWiki by the end of the week.  

I have been planning to take a similar approach to what Bryant suggested--
that usernames are provided as an informative feature, not a
security one--no passwords, etc.  But if anyone thinks that it is 
vitally important to go beyond simple authorship tracking to providing 
full-fledged user accounts with passwords, then now would be a good
time to make your wishes known.  :-)  As is generally the case, I may
do this anyway if I find an easy implementation strategy, but as yet I'm
not committed to doing such.

And, of course, tracking authorship will be an optional feature, so that
those sites who don't want to deal with it aren't required to do so.


On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:39:57AM -0400, Bryant Durrell wrote:
> FWIW, regarding page authorship, I implemented a really simple (and
> stupid) authorship tracker over the weekend.  All I did was add a
> login action, which allows the user to set any 'username' he or she
> likes.  It's kept in a cookie; when someone makes an edit, if they
> have the cookie set, the 'username' is associated with the diff.
> There is no particular security associated with this.  I did make a
> small tweak to store IP addresses with diffs as well.
> If I was going to submit this as a customization, which I could if
> there was interest, I'd factor out the username derivation from the
> code that associates the username with the diff; that way people
> could add in verification layers as they liked.  Me, I was not so
> much interested in security as I was interested in further enabling
> discussion by associating names with changes.
> -- 
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