Registration has its Privileges
By BluePrints Editor on Sep 03, 2008
Kemer Thomson, Sun BluePrints Editor
Observant visitors to the Sun BluePrints site might have noticed that we recently changed the banner from the "Sun BluePrints Wiki" to the "Sun BluePrints Community"! Just where is the "community," you may ask? It is all around us, consisting of thousands of readers who regularly visit the site. Now, what we really need is to get more conversations going: this is the essence of "community"! Have you noticed the little message at the bottom of each page on our web site: I'm going to do my Jedi Knight mind-trick right now: I'm waving my hands every so subtly, urging you, "Sign up! Log in! Tell us what you think!"
A challenge to creating open dialogs these days is that of weeding out those obnoxious opportunists who view the Internet as one big, empty wall for digital graffiti. In 2005 the Los Angeles Times made a bold move with their "wikitorial" and was forced to shut it down in hours, due to the flood of inappropriate material. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2005/jun/22/media.pressandpublishing) We all learned a lesson from that episode, along with similar experiences that resulted from unfettered (and anonymous) access in those early days of "social networking." There are a couple of ways of addressing this: 1) make it difficult to automate SPAM generation by forcing the poster to provide some kind of non-automatable response (think "those annoying character strings that take me three times to get right"), or to require some form of registration. The latter seems to dominate, and is especially convenient because most browsers will store your account information and relieve you of the tedium of remembering your login.
Indeed, registration can serve as the basis for benefits, mostly based on opportunities for customization. Sun now has a unified registration system, so one has to register only once to take advantage of full access to many resources, such as wikis.sun.com, forums.sun.com, along with the ability to sign up for useful newsletters (don't miss the "My Sun Connection" on the main sun.com page!) Having registered once, when you log in, you will notice a subtle transformation in the Sun BluePrints Community pages, primarily at the bottom of the page: you will see that you can actually edit the labels (which can benefit other vistors) and (this is what I'm really building up to) comment.
Why not take the opportunity to comment, to start a discussion? What did you like about Dominic Kay's Configuring Sun Storage J4000 Arrays and the ZFS File System in Ten Minutes? (Web statistics indicated that many found it to be of great interest, one of our "hottest" blueprints in recent months.) Do you agree with the positions in Sun's Approach To Intelligent Power Monitoring, or did we miss something important? We would like to see such discussions, and we will update blueprints based on the dialog, making them even better, more valuable.