[Members] Why I did not reapply ...

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Fri Jan 20 11:09:26 CST 2006

Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

> In the past, applicants filled out a form with answers to certain 
> questions (with no preview mechanism), the answers went into a database, 
> and during the voting period the applications were shown online via a 
> PHP script. One problem was that applicants could not update or change 
> their applications, so they would ping the Secretary of the JSF about 
> making changes and such. Using and editable website (a.k.a. wiki) has 
> made the process easier for applicants, I think. (Plus we got rid of PHP 
> after the rootkit, for security reasons, and have not re-enabled it.) 

Oh, and another problem with the old system: because anyone could apply 
(no identity via login as on the wiki), we used to receive a *lot* of 
bogus applications (which we had to delete from the database) and 
seriously incomplete applications (thus we had to try to contact the 
person who submitted it and ask them to complete it). Lots of time 
wasted. The wiki solution has been much easier to work with.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation
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