Delete key from keyserver

Joost van Baal j.e.vanbaal+gnupg-users at
Wed Oct 26 09:25:05 CEST 2005

On Tue, Oct 25, 2005 at 11:38:49PM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2005 at 08:50:11PM -0500, Alex Mauer wrote:
> > David Shaw wrote:
> > >Some people (myself included) check both before signing.  The name via
> > >some sort of formal ID, and the email via a mail challenge.
> > 
> > As do I, at least for a level 3 signature.
> > 
> > >Still, if you don't want to bind both tokens together, just create an
> > >user ID of <hawke at> without the name attached or a user
> > >ID of "Alex Maurer" without the email address attached.  
> > 
> > I understand that it's possible to do this.  I was just lamenting the 
> > fact that it is very strongly discouraged by GnuPG:
> > 
> >   Real name:
> >   Name must be at least 5 characters long
> > 
> > >Some people
> > >will not sign such a user ID though, 
> > 
> > I don't understand why.  If you trust the association of the Name and 
> > key, how/why would having an email address in there as well improve the 
> > trust?
> It's not an issue of improving the trust, it's an issue of
> disambiguation.  In my case, there are many different David Shaws out
> there, including a furniture designer in New Zealand, a Pulitzer prize
> winning journalist in the US, and a former MP for Dover in the UK.
> I'm none of these.  There are at least 19 David Shaws on the keyserver
> net as well, not including me.  My email address globally indicates
> which David Shaw I am.

Isn't this why some people use UIDs like "John Doe (Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, 1970-01-01)" next to the email-ones?



Joost van Baal                  
                                                 Tilburg University
j.e.vanbaal at                                  The Netherlands
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