28 Jan 2007 cdfrey   » (Journeyer)

I just noticed something new in the advogato pages. When looking at a user, you get the following warning:

    Note: By certifying a user you are making a public statment that you know this person and can vouch for their identity.

When did this happen?

I must disagree with this sudden pseudo-gpg keysigning level of certification, especially since this warning is now retroactively applied to people's previous certifications, by mere virtue of being tacked on the bottom of the list.

I've written about the issues surrounding the certification process before. The above warning was never on advogato's pages before, or surely someone would have told me about it in response to earlier rants.

I also disagree that such a strict level certification is even practical. Is it really the goal of advogato to shut out the unknown? If so, this would seem to be a new development.

None of the people who have certified me know me personally. Are they all supposed to delist me?

Like it or not, I think Advogato is a virtual community, and has to live within its means. Not everyone can go to the effort of vouching for another user's identity, especially if said user lives in another country, or another continent. The best way is still to judge by their output as best you can.

I publically state that my certifications are not based on what identity I believe a user has, but on the simple binary decision of whether I believe their output qualifies as worthy to be seen on Advogato. (i.e. not an abuser or a spammer) The Journeyer setting is that binary switch for me.

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