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In Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a saying: "All it takes to create an AA meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot." The same is true for wikis. Often resentment is the motive, but such creations often don't last, and maintained resentment is a formula for disempowerment. Rather, a motive that recognizes that something is missing, and leading to an inspiration to create this, can sometimes generate transformation. The founder (and chief cook and bottle-washer at this point) for CFC wiki is Abd. CFC will not last unless there is community support. However, Abd is not quite dead yet.

I (Abd) have long experience with wikis. They can be spam magnets, and handling spam can be a full-time job! One of the solutions to spam is to require registration and validation of accounts, and to disallow anonymous account registration; however, one of the reasons for Wikipedia success was "instant" editing without requiring an account. Then the site grew by offering a carrot to register: increased privileges and increased convenience. And, for some, POWER! -- because Wikipedia allowed anonymous editors to become administrators, opening a huge can of worms that could have been anticipated.

But back to what worked: quick editing. I have started wikis requiring validated accounts. They stagnated. What to do? It hit me that there could be a middle ground. I will be testing that here. Ultimately, this community must become self-governing, and I know many possible structures to set up that could bypass the problems that have afflicted most wikis. Immediately, though, how to build a participating community?

The blog post announcing CFC covers one approach. Another is described on CfC:Editing. I have created Anonymous1 to Anonymous3 (and will create more as needed). The password for those accounts is set to "starting". If you want to keep the account (maybe to replace it later with a chosen name), change the password and create a user page that you have taken over the account. -- and say something there about yourself, if you choose. You can see if no created Anonymous account is available, on this link to the user list. If an account has been opened and used for anything, contributions will not be a redlink. Try to log into it with the starting password! If you spell it all correctly, you will either be logged in, or the password will be rejected, try another account. I can be contacted by a comment on this page on the CFC blog, which is where, for now, to request a regular named account. Request anonymity if you want it, there, and that comment will not be published.