[pydotorg-www] Repeated outages of python.org

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Mon Jul 25 21:32:25 CEST 2011

    >> While having documentation of the setup is essential, I don't think
    >> making that documentation available outside the group of
    >> administrators is a good thing to do.

    Martin> I disagree. Administrators tend to forget where the information
    Martin> is stored, and how to access it; they are also uncertain as to
    Martin> whether certain aspects are documented at all. Giving Google
    Martin> access to this information (or any other search engine)
    Martin> simplifies maintenance.

I agree with Martin.  I do very little actual maintenance, only of the
SpamBayes setup on mail.python.org.  That's about all I can ever remember
how to do.  Heaven help you, for instance, if you ever need me to update
someone's ssh pub key. :-)  At the very least, if I am the last resort
available, I know I can poke around the wiki to figure that out.

A compromise might be to use Google docs to share this information between
just the admins.  Or create a RotoRooters group on the wiki and add
appropriate ACLs to the root page(s) on the wiki.  The Google Docs solution
would also have the advantage that, just like the roto-rooters email alias,
it doesn't depend on any of the python.org infrastructure.  Presumably, in
the face of a significant outage people might still be able to find what
they are looking for.


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