key-signing for pseudonyms

Kyle Hasselbacher kyle at
Sat May 15 14:49:59 CEST 2004

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On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 02:05:47PM +0200, Thomas Sj?gren wrote:

>if you use a pseudonym, why attach a photo? doesnt that break the idea
>of pseudonyms?

Pseudonym != anonymity.  Say I use a pseudonym online for some time, and I
gain a (good) reputation with that name.  I decide to "come out" and
associate myself with the pseudonym I use.

In answer to the original question, I'd verify just the email address and
give a weak (persona) signature.  The easiest way to do this is to sign the
key, encrypt the signed key WITH that key, and email it to the address on
the key.  Delete your local copy.  If it doesn't arrive, or the address
holder doesn't have the secret key, the signature never appears.

Ultimately how you "verify" such an identity is entirely up to the signer.
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