key question

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Mon Mar 1 02:09:46 CET 2010

> You can certainly tell a lot about someone by the signatures on their key.  Either directly from the signature or because those signatures point to other keys that have their own signatures, etc.  With your permission, may I see what I can find from the signatures on your key D6B98E10?

Go for it.  It's public data.  Assuming there's nothing intensely personal in there, I'll pass the results on to the list.

My point regarding the signatures don't tell you much -- if anything -- is there is no guarantee that a signer has had any contact with the key holder.  It's foolish to make conclusions about someone's social network based on their key material.  If I have a signature from a person, it is not a statement that I know that person, that I approve of that person, or that I would ever associate with that person.

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