[tor-project] Expanding our people page

Damian Johnson atagar at torproject.org
Wed Jul 5 15:26:31 UTC 2017

Thanks Tom! Definitely agreed on all points. If folks have any other
good 'people pages' for me to look at it would be much appreciated.
I'm not particularly married to the EFF's and there's probably bits
and pieces we can take from them all.

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 5:05 AM, Tom . <tom at ritter.vg> 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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