Williams Students Online

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Williams Students Online, or WSO, is a student computer group that offers several computer- and internet-related services to members of the College community. In the past, WSO has maintained email terminals, email accounts, and a media lab; current projects include a multi-featured web site, this Wiki, listservers, and web hosting for students, student organizations, and alumni.


WSO was founded in January of 1995 by Jon Zeppieri, DeWitt Clinton, and others.

Toph, Tom, Brent, Jacob, and Steve graduated in the spring of 2004, and around that time Ben Cohen and Dan Weintraub were given root. During the summer, Evan and Dan converted WSO Plans from its standalone PHP/MySQL incarnation over to PageKit, so that students could access it from off-campus without setting up a proxy server. Also, they converted the Postgres database and the website over to UTF-8/Unicode. With the help of Masha Lifshin and Sam Dreeben, the duo made much-envied but never-imitated Quicktime VRs for their Facebook pictures.

In the fall of 2004, Kai Steverson rewrote Factrak for College Council to allow people to "agree" with comments left about professors. Kai also wrote My Survey that semester. Evan re-wrote the WSO Facebook (again) to include faculty and more information fields.

In February 2005, WSO was hacked by a group of Brazilians calling themselves Simiens Crew 2005.


WSO uses Mailman 2.1.5 to power its listservers. A complete list of WSO listservers is available from [1].