[ciphershed] Re: Website & publicity

  • From: "Alain Forget" <aforget@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <ciphershed@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:26:25 -0400

I completely agree with Stephen that on the development-side, using 
monikers/aliases is fine, because that's just how the community's culture 
rolls, but on the main front pages, real names should be used. One thing to be 
careful of is that if our front page points too much to information in the 
dev-wiki, and the dev-wiki refers a lot to our monikers, that could be a 
problem...but let's not worry about that for now. The solution is of course to 
have a front-end wiki for end-users...but then there would be two wikis to 
maintain; ugh. Again, let's not worry about this for now.

On the About Page, there should definitely be full names for accountability 
purposes...which there already are (great!), but I just wanted to assert this 
so it's clear and archived. I contemplated suggesting adding photos of 
ourselves as well, since that would increase trust from end-users (i.e., we're 
so willing to be accountable, that we're even showing our faces!), but I think 
the discomfort developers would feel about that is beyond the gain in end-user 
trust we would get for it.

Elsewhere on the page, like in the News, it really depends how we use it. Full 
names might sound too formal, but only first names might not be 
specific/accountable enough. If we update the News a lot, then first names 
would be fine, but if it's only about once a month, or we don't put our names 
on the front pages that often, then the full name is the way to go.

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Subject: [ciphershed] Re: Website & publicity

On Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:43:45 -0400
Stephen R Guglielmo <srguglielmo@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM, Niklas Lemcke - 林樂寬
> <compul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:47:33 -0400
> > "Alain Forget" <aforget@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> * How-To:
> >> ** I like your sentence here. However, could we change the second sentence 
> >> to, "For a How-To on TrueCrypt, please see the TrueCrypt User Guide", and 
> >> the last three words should like to our locally hosted copy (which I don't 
> >> think yet exists) of the TrueCrypt User Guide, which you can download 
> >> here: https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/TrueCrypt%20User%20Guide.pdf
> > Exactly, doesnt exist yet, which is why it's not a link yet. As soon as
> > it exists I'll link it ;)
> You can always link to it in our GitHub? But it might move locations
> as development goes on (thus breaking the link).
> Direct Link:
> https://github.com/CipherShed/CipherShed/blob/master/Release/Setup%20Files/TrueCrypt%20User%20Guide.pdf?raw=true
> >> ** I'm wondering if we should avoid using monikers/pseudonyms, at least on 
> >> this public-facing site. Normal people aren't going to understand, and 
> >> it's going to kind of look like we're trying to be anonymous-ish (yes, 
> >> even though the mapping of pseudonyms to real names is on the About page. 
> >> We can't assume everyone is going to bother looking that far).
> > Yea, maybe.. I'll think about it.
> I've thought about that too. The public would like to see names, not
> things like srg, WaywardGeek, PID0, compul. It makes sense and is
> comfortable for us (and the majority of the internet community), but
> maybe we should stick that stuff on the development wiki instead of
> the main site?

Should we use full names or just first names? I tend to think full
names would be better. But some people might not be comfortable with


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