UI terminology for calculated validities

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Tue Apr 22 23:44:39 CEST 2014

On 04/22/2014 03:57 PM, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> Perhaps the novice interface should just stick to "validity" and do away with
> the whole concept of ownertrust to keep things simple. Suggest that people meet
> up with someone and sign their key personally if they want validity.
> Also, I think the word "trust" by itself should probably be avoided everywhere.
> The word "ownertrust" is uncommon enough that people might be more inclined to
> look up what it means, instead of thinking they already know what "trust" means.

These proposals from Peter have the merits of simplicity and clarity.  I
like the idea of starting from this place, and allowing users to dig in
deeper if they want to.

We could do a much better job of facilitating keysigning to reflect
users' beliefs in a robust way as well, whether that's done with
non-exportable signatures from hidden signing keys or some other way.
This would make Peter's proposal even more usable for the novice user
and be convenient for experienced users too.


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