The problem with a public scratch pad is that it is public, and anyone can just come along and wipe it. If that's ok with you,
feel free to use Whats a wiki?
. Less interesting is the publicly readable but writable only by gods Cloud nine
Of course, we all know that if there were such a thing that were accessible only to, say, acolytes and above and writable only by abbots and above, it would be a productive place where much collaborative work could be done.
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