[Re-listening to the Silmarillion awakens in me the desire to be creative]

Are there many designers here? I'm sure there're some although I haven't found many yet.

Let's use the tag - short and easy - for any user interface concepts of networks?

Since whole interface concepts require a lot of time and energy, I shall post under this tag small features that could be. The ones I'm too shy or too lazy to submit as issues. :)

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To open closed doors, I shall start with keys.

Some use , some hate it.
Assume that is a LoremIpsum placeholder for any key system.

Many users here cram in fingerprints and post external links. Yet if one uses Fediverse daily, why send me to Keybase, why not encourage me to grab their public key directly from the social profile one uses most often? Uploading it would take a second.

This looks cool!

One of the reasons people post fingerprints instead of full keys is that for non-trivial setups the key would have to be updated frequently. For example each change of expiration, adding or revoking subkeys would need to be propagated to the server manually. Unless they implement some kind of sync or have a keyserver endpoint (this is basic HTTP post) to update the key from the command line.

There is also some overlap with the Web Key Directory protocol that is now ubiquitous among OpenPGP software (e.g. GnuPG and ProtonMail support it). It maps e-mail to keys, e.g. gpg --locate-key torvalds@kernel.org would fetch the key from the following URL: https://kernel.org/.well-known/openpgpkey/hu/pf113mfnx1f3eb1yiwhsipa91xfc7o4x?l=torvalds (WebFinger handles are similar to e-mail addresses).

(More details at https://metacode.biz/openpgp/web-key-directory ).

Oh, btw, I did an alternative to Keybase but decentralized: https://metacode.biz/openpgp/proofs demo: https://metacode.biz/openpgp/key#0x653909A2F0E37C106F5FAF546C8857E0D8E8F074


@wiktor What you're saying is true! Perhaps my layman's assumption that for many users frequent updates won't be needed... is wrong. Then again, people don't always update info on keyservers either. But people seem to take more care in updating their social network's profiles, somehow =) In fact, this very issue of a Fedi user linking to server which did not happen to have their key (was deleted, the user didn't realize it) is the reason why I thought of this interface addition.

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