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From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] tail rec
On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 03:36:44PM +0100, Jon Harrop wrote:
> On Monday 21 May 2007 15:24:44 Christopher L Conway wrote:
> > It would be great to have a resource like the Haskell Wiki for the
> > OCaml community. Such things are not difficult to maintain once they
> > are set up (although someone will have to volunteer for spam patrol).
> Having had all links to removed from Wikipedia
> (even my PhD thesis!), we discussed this at length in our company
> recently. Spammers and vandals are a major problem for Wikis. I
> think we dreamt up a good solution: replace the standard "type in
> these letters" with a Turing test.

Since forcing people to sign up with an email address, the wikis at and have been spam
free, although people who signed up have complained about getting
notified of all the changes[*] so perhaps that's another sort of spam.

You are right though that CAPTCHAs do not work.  Seriously.  Every
time I've looked at a case of Wiki spam, it's been done by a human
being presumably sitting in a sweat-shop in China or wherever.  Human
beings have no problem typing in CAPTCHAs.

Forcing them to learn OCaml in order to contribute is a good idea.  If
they did it, then even if we get spammed, at least we get more OCaml
coders ...


[*] They can turn this off.

Richard Jones
Red Hat