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DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:21 am

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!

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Postby appicchato » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:06 am

Good idea David...I'm off to check it out...

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

Be well... ;)

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Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:21 am

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

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Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:24 am

Thanks David for your efforts with Dhammawiki.
I wish you every success.
Metta

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Postby Paul Davy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:04 am

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.

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Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:27 am

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)?
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Postby appicchato » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:26 am

Dhammanando wrote:A web robot.

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

Thank you friend...

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Re: DhammaWiki, mostly read only

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:12 pm

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!


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