[tor-project] Expanding our people page

Tom . tom at ritter.vg
Wed Jul 5 12:05:45 UTC 2017

I think this is a good idea, and am fine with all that info. My
standard photo is 'out there', but I'm not sure if I'll choose that or
my identicon. A couple of thoughts:

- It's pretty easy/simple to handle people who don't want a photo:
it's standard practice everywhere to just let them pick a (hopefully
non-offensive) thumbnail they like or use already.

- If someone doesn't want to pick a thumbnail, perhaps we can default
them to an onion.

- I'm not sure how I feel about the EFF page being full-width and
everything. I'm not sure how well that works for the long list we

https://www.eff.org/about/staff - full width means very long. I also
prefer our abbreviated bios to these very long ones that try and list
every notable accomplishment the person has ever done (looking at you

https://www.rust-lang.org/en-US/team.html - I don't like any design
that requires hovering over to get any non-biographical information

https://www.opentech.fund/about/people - This could almost work, but
many people's descriptions are longer than 6 words.


On 4 July 2017 at 16:25, Damian Johnson <atagar at torproject.org> wrote:
> Freedom! Sweet GSoC-less freedom! Ok, lets ruin it.
> Between newhires and new volunteers Tor is growing quite a bit right
> now and a common complaint I've heard for years is that our community
> makes it maddeningly hard to figure out who's who. Yes, for many of us
> this is intentional but for others it's not...
> "Who's that arma guy I was talking with on irc? He seemed nice. Ok,
> thanks. Now which of these people is Roger? Great. And, what does he
> do?". Multiply that by ninety dev meeting attendees and it's no wonder
> we drive our lovely hair-pulling newcomers to early baldness.
> For much of our community this anonymity is intentional and we
> definitely don't want to muck with that, but I suspect some opt-in
> information from those of us ok with it could make our community a lot
> easier to join. As such I'd like to run the following questionnaire
> among our tor-internal@ membership...
> * Would you like to be listed on the 'core people' webpage [1]? If so...
>   * What name or alias would you like to be called?
>   * Provide a description for the page of what you do.
>   * Would it be ok to list your IRC nick? If so, what is it?
>   * Would it be ok to list your OpenPGP key? If so what is your public key?
>   * Is there a photo or image you'd like to have displayed?
> Many folks will say 'heck no' to much of this and that's perfectly
> fine. The last question is a bit of an experiment where I'm curious if
> we can pattern ourselves after the EFF's page [2]. Maybe this won't
> pan out but here's my thoughts...
> * Newcomers first come to know us by cryptic irc nicks that look akin
> to truncated sha256 digests. Pictures may make our community feel
> friendlier and more approachable. Note this *doesn't* need to see a
> photo. For example see Mark Burdett and Ben Burke on the EFF page.
> * Maybe a page of smiling faces and cartoon turtles will be helpful to
> Shari for her upcoming fund raiser?
> Maybe this'll work, maybe it won't. My hope is that folks will have
> fun coming up with a picture to represent them, but maybe too few
> people will to make it work. Who knows - worth asking. ;)
> Thoughts? This dovetails nicely with my role maintaining tor-internal@
> so I'd be happy to keep it up to date as we continue to grow our
> community.
> Cheers! -Damian
> [1] https://www.torproject.org/about/corepeople.html.en
> [2] https://www.eff.org/about/staff
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