[pmwiki-users] Semi-automatic user accounts for fox forum -- Htpasswdform

Eemeli Aro eemeli at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 16:26:00 CDT 2008

2008/7/10 The Editor <editor at fast.st>:
> Though I'm no longer actively supporting ZAP, it's been able to do
> this and much more for a long time.

I actually did take a look at ZAP and the MemberMgmt recipe before
starting, but it's that "and much more" part that turned me away. By
now, I know how PmWiki works; I've read through the code enough times
to trust what it's doing. Admittedly Pm's code could do with more
documentation aimed at developers and longer variable names, but it
does all work and lets me pick which parts to enable or disable.

ZAP, on the other hand, is a single monolithic recipe that proudly
lists 30 different things that it does. The effort I'd need to put
into understanding all of it exceeds the effort I'm putting into
writing what I need myself. Since we're dealing with account
management I figure I need to be extra careful with what I do.
Essentially, I don't think I need generic form processing with extra
features to enable account administration.

Additionally, there are quite a few things that I need that I haven't
seen ready solutions for. For example, I want to have
<example.com/wiki/SomeUser> resolve to a default profile page for
SomeUser that reads a template from somewhere and SomeUser's data from
elsewhere. The tricky part (or at least one of them) is the lack of
any default group for these profile pages.

Another odd feature that I want is controlled, undoable deletion of
other people's user accounts by non-administrators. Most of my sites
are internal, and what with the restructuring and changing secretaries
and other things, it's not always clear if someone's still an employee
or not. And since keeping track of people really isn't my job, I
figure I ought to make it possible for anyone to update these details.


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