Update : What actually happened? ThoughtStorms moved to the SmallestFederatedWiki and became something that only I can edit. Then it moved to my own home-brew wiki-engine. But still, I'm the only one who can edit it.

I'm still seeing what this means for its impermanence. The problem today is not spam, but DeadLinks and out-dated information that needs to be cleaned out or composted.

ThoughtStorms is nearly 18 months old. So far I've been lucky. No one has ever attempted to vandalize ThoughtStorms. (Although there was that French guy who just wanted to boost his PageRank. But at least he was honest about it.)

At some point though, ThoughtStorms will probably get irretreivably damaged or swamped by Bozos. What can I do to protect against this?

Maybe nothing.

Maybe that's the natural life-cycle of a wiki. And maybe TS's last valuable act is to teach us about dissolution and death of HyperTexts? Maybe there's still dignity, and creative magic in a wiki as it goes down in flames?

Is this because I'm more interested in Wiki as genre than community? (See also CommunityOrGenre)

I back up my wiki every so often. – SebPaquet

: Yeah, me too. See ThoughtStormsBackedUp for how to get a copy. – PhilJones

Update : October 2004

Since the above was written, we have, of course, been found by the spammers. (SpammingThoughtStorms) I am not allowing this wave of spamming to kill us. I'm looking for a way to keep ThoughtStorms going and open to everyone. One day it will disappear, but not yet. – PhilJones