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Re: [Gnumed-devel] wiki update 2

From: David Grant
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] wiki update 2
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 15:50:46 -0800
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J Busser wrote:

Just use

but how do i register a username?

http://carlos/twiki/bin/view/Gnumed <--- doesn't work


David must have "carlos" as some sort of alias on his machine, because he keeps using it - either that, or he has memorized and can easily remember "/twiki/bin/view/Gnumed" but can't remember which is kind of amusing :-) - maybe just means he knows Twiki so well, which is good for us!

So it should be

Thanks Elizabeth. I've added a "register" link to the left-hand toolbar in Gnumed wiki. It should be clearer now.

There is a problem now (maybe a small bug as a function of the registration module?). When you first reach the above URL (and, I suspect, any wiki page) you are forced to enter your (own/user) WikiName. The modal dialog box says
    "Cancel to register if you do not have one." on

I don't see this behaviour when going to the about URL, or clicking on any links whatsoever on the wiki. Please report more details, and if anyone experiences this, please let me know.

Yes, you are forced to login to edit a page (but not just to view it). However, you can login with TWikiGuest/guest. So this is an open system, but it requires users to either login as guest, or create a username and then login.

You have to press Cancel twice in order to actually cancel, at which point the desired browser page will be rendered. It will be very jarring for anyone trying to reach the site. I have seen this behaviour at other sites and dunno how it is triggered. We had some discussion of permitting public "reads" while requiring logged-in edits but I don't know if there is any connection. This behaviour was absent before David reinstalled TWiki, don't know if it is a bug in the newest "base/default" installation or if it only began after some configurational change had been made.

Jim, I had enabled a typical change which is mentioned in the twiki installation docs. The default twiki install is a no-holds barred setup. Anyone can log in, do as they please, and there is no required logging in. This is fine in my opinion, the thing I don't like is to see a change log where every change was made by "guest" and there's no way to tell who made what change. So I favour:

-public access to all pages in the Gnumed web for viewing
-a private "web" can be created later, which can be private if we wish
-login required for editing

It is debatable whether or not we should have a TWikiGuest account. I favour removing it. This is essentially how operates. There is no guest account, registration/login is required, and so all changes are logged. But anyone can register, so essentially, yes, guests are allowed. :-)

After getting through it however, I was able to register OK (I like the "NOSPAM" incorporated into the email address listings) and after I logged in, the annoying dialog box went away.

The NOSPAM thing is configurable. That is what I put. Have spammers looking for email addresses started to filter out this string? Maybe we can put something else there.

If anyone finds a different twiki theme on the web, let me know, and we can consider changing. I still need to modify the current scheme though, so that Tux's legs are cut off by the sidebar.

David J. Grant

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