RE: New Poll Question

Subject: RE: New Poll Question
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:21:11 -0500

As one example, VSS allows you to delete versions (they call it
"destroy"). This is generally a restricted administrator function. The
audit track indicates who deleted the version and when.

Here's a scenario where proper version control and version deletion go

There are 15 numbered versions of a Word document. When you try to open
version 10, you instead see a notice that reads: "Version 10
accidentally included Personal Health Information (PHI) in violation of
company policy, and was therefore deleted by John Doe at 3:15 PM on
12/1/09. Version 11 is identical to Version 10, with the exclusion of
the PHI."

> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:45 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: New Poll Question
> With the latter, you don't need the former.
> In audited environments, one of the things the system is
> supposed to do is to ensure that versions don't get deleted.
> Just as with software CMS and version control, you can lock
> streams against further development, effectively orphaning
> them, but you always have the record of what was done.
> No matter how dumb or misguided or illegal an action or a
> document was, you should not be able to hide it.
> After all, at a later date, you (or your inheritors/the
> company that buys you out) want to know what you did wrong,
> as well as what you did "right" on the way to getting to the
> current state of affairs/code/documents.
> Revisionist history and version control/content management
> systems don't go together. :-)

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