moving user ID Comments to --expert mode

Dirk Walter at
Thu Feb 3 22:29:41 CET 2011

I like the idea of adding the (Optional) to the prompt because I'm a
big fan of optional fields being marked as such. This is an simple and
elegant fix to an issue.

And I'd hesitate to move it to expert since we have been (ab)using the
comment field for our keys, then again this is being used by sysadmins
who should know what they are doing, so moving it to expert mode
shouldn't be too bad... but what should be is not the same as what is.

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Robert J. Hansen <rjh at> wrote:
> On 2/3/11 3:59 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
>>  * most people just need a simple identity-driven OpenPGP certificate,
>> one that matches their name and e-mail address.
> Whenever people talk about what "most users" need, I have to ask to see
> the user survey that's showing this.  History has shown that technically
> sophisticated users' ideas of what "real users" need tends to not
> correlate very tightly with what "real users" say they need.
>> If moving the Comment: prompt to --expert seems to radical, a more
>> conservative proposal would be to change the prompt from:
>>  Comment:
>> to:
>>  Comment (leave blank unless you are sure you need this and know what
>> you are doing):
>> or:
>>  Comment (most people should leave this blank):
> Terse is beautiful.  I think something like
> Comment (optional):
> ... would suffice, and would be a modest improvement on the current prompt.
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