February 19, 2003
I had a question for those who use and promote wikis. But then, I just did a search for "trust" and "wiki" and seemed to find an answer:
The Question: What stops unpolite individuals from just deleting whole bunches of pages? Can they be restored?
The Answer: There's always the previous version of a page available, and edits from a single IP are rolled into a single change, so one person from one IP can't by themselves irretrievably delete material. There are also backups, which are very rarely necessary. This subject is discussed all over the place on the wiki, so you can find more details elsewhere.
I'm far from being a wiki expert -- in fact, I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know enough about them to form a educated opinion. My big question for all you wiki proponents out there: How can wikis thrive on a less-than-Utopian Web? And can we really trust our visitors and readers?