2 noob problems

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Sun May 22 00:15:09 CEST 2005

On Sat, May 21, 2005 at 08:32:34PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
> On Saturday 21 May 2005 4:53 pm, Alex L. Mauer wrote:
> > Yep, I understand the purposes of key signatures.  But (unlike with your
> >   bag/tie analogy), two signatures from the same key don't make a key
> > twice as valid.
> If the signature expired, the new signature is needed. However, the
> *expired* signature is still useful too as it tells others that the
> key was also valid at the earlier date. Often, an expired signature
> only exists because the key originally had an expiry date.

How useful is that, really?  Seriously - an expired signature may be
interesting to someone who can infer from it that a key was valid
earlier, but that doesn't really have any connection to the important
question of is the key valid *now*.

I'd be quite content if useless signatures were stripped from my key.


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