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Wesley R. Elsberry

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 17 2012,21:32   

Quote (Cubist @ Sep. 17 2012,15:58)
It's been, what, 5 years? 6 years? An internet eternity, anyway, since the Talk.Origins Archive got hacked and its interactive scripts were nuked as a defensive measure. Wes noted that he was working on new scripts that would lack the old vulnerabilities, but it was (understandably!) not a high priority for him. Well, in view of low long it's been with little or no externally-evident activity, I have a suggestion: Why not start looking at existing Open Source CMSes? The attacks which crippled the Archive are probably known quantities by now, and there would be safeguards against those attacks; there would also be safeguards against however-many of the new attacks which evil-minded crackers have devised in the intervening time.
Yes? No?

Actually, I am working on installing PhpBB, MediaWiki, and Drupal for the Archive. We'll be putting out a call for volunteers, hopefully before New Year's.

ETA: Quite a lot of what the Archive wanted to do interactively has been handled by PT since 2004. But, yes, we do need to get the knowledge base rolling again.

Edited by Wesley R. Elsberry on Sep. 17 2012,21:34

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