[Standards] Deprecating Privacy Lists

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Oct 12 20:35:27 UTC 2015


On 12 October 2015 at 20:32, Evgeny Khramtsov <xramtsov at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:27:51 -0300
> Ben Langfeld <ben at langfeld.me> wrote:
>
> > So your argument is in-fact that there's nothing wrong with Privacy
> > Lists and therefore the XSF should continue promoting it as a good
> > quality specification?
>
> No, probably it should be improved. The problem with Privacy Lists is
> that developers are trying to implement it as is and end up with
> iptables-like interface.
>

That's exactly it.

One client, used exclusively, can construct useful and valid rules to
express particular semantics (like invisibility, for example).

Two different clients can't recognise each other's rules and present any
kind of useful UX.

What's needed is a set of protocol which express, semantically, what the
user is trying to accomplish, such that different clients can universally
understand the semantics of the user's desires, and represent accordingly.

Dave.
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