[tor-project] Expanding our people page

Tommy Collison tommy at collison.ie
Wed Jul 5 12:42:29 UTC 2017

+1 I think a better IRC directory would go a long way toward a)
shortening the new hire up-to-speed time (speaking from experience!) and
b) helping outsiders join the community.

Thanks for taking the initiative on this, Damian!


On 7/5/17 8:05 AM, Tom . wrote:
> 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
> have.
> Ideas/Opinions:
> 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
> Peter!)
> 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
> though.
> https://www.opentech.fund/about/people - This could almost work, but
> many people's descriptions are longer than 6 words.
> -tom
> 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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