[pmwiki-users] Self registration

Swift, Chris Chris.Swift at eu.dodea.edu
Wed Jan 21 15:09:32 CST 2009

I highly appreciate everyone's comments on self-registration as that was one of my greatest hurdles in the wiki world.  I've found a great number of people turned off by the idea that there were many extras needed in order to incorporate a self-registration.
Having said that, I think a self-registration should have:
1.  Complete security and privacy for both the person that is signing up and for the administrator
2.  A function that would allow for the administrator to accept or deny the signup (this would be either enabled or disabled by the admin)
3.  An ability to allow you to ask whatever information deemed necessary for the person signing up (e-mail, phone number, first name, last name, etc.)
4.  A way that all of this could be automated so that the admin has the least amount of work (which is the point of the wiki anyway since its author driven)
5.  There should also be a way that all of this stored information would be available to create list groups, etc.
Anyway, so far I have found only 2 recipes that will do all of these (and more):
Maybe both of these recipes could be building blocks for a self-registration.


From: pmwiki-users-bounces at pmichaud.com on behalf of Tegan Dowling
Sent: Wed 1/21/2009 8:55 PM
To: PmWiki Users
Subject: Re: [pmwiki-users] Self registration

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Sameer Kumar <sameerkumar at gmail.com> wrote:
>> My suggestion is a profile page that the user can edit freely, and make
>>  typos, and not quite understand the markup (we all know users like
>> that), and a separate page that the user can access only through a form
>> that deals with authentication, etc. That protected page could be one
>> per user, or one big one.
> I agree with Sandy's suggestion about keeping the profile
> pages separate from auth information, which requires a greater control.
> I think that Pmwiki should come with an entire "authentication
> module/package" (AuthUser + htpasswd Form + etc.) which would be disabled by
> default. When enabled, it must allow for self-authentication, with an
> optional "email moderator and wait", as suggested by Sandy. It would be
> great to have a Userid, passwd and an email address associated with each
> user account so that if required, it would be possible to use "authgroups"
> to manage email notifications. This, in my opinion, would be an ideal setup.

I'm a "friendly friend" of this scheme, as Sandy and Sameer have
sketched it. I'd use it.  If it were in place I might be able to
create wikis that at present I defer to friends who do drupal.

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