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Re: Private/In-Progress/Sratch nodes?

by athomason (Curate)
on Apr 05, 2001 at 22:29 UTC ( #70209=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Private/In-Progress/Scratch nodes?

I like the idea of a private scratch area for sharing larger bits of info, but I'd be concerned about potential DoS attacks the feature might introduce. If nodes are effectively invisible to all but the creator, what's to stop someone from creating a thousand scratch nodes with thousands of lines of junk each? Though this could happen now, there wouldn't be any checks that public nodes have. Some intelligent limits or quotas (e.g. 50k scratch space in 5 nodes per user) would likely curtail the problem.

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Re: Re: Private/In-Progress/Sratch nodes?
by Masem (Monsignor) on Apr 05, 2001 at 23:34 UTC
    First, they would not be 100 % invisible. As long as one knew the number, they could get to it. And if I see two consecutive newest nodes, 70500 and 70502, I can probably geuss that 70501 is a 'private' node, and I can just type that into a url to see it.

    To solve the problem with people abusing the system, simply limit the number of private nodes one user may have (I see no reason to have more than 5 at a time, for example), and *possibly* limit the ability to above a certain monk level, maybe 3 or so, so that throwaway accounts aren't used to DoS the site.

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