[Freedombox-discuss] Initial User Experience
dr at jones.dk
Mon May 9 14:13:10 UTC 2011
On 11-05-09 at 08:50am, Joshua Spodek wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-05-09 at 12:21 +0000,
> freedombox-discuss-request at lists.alioth.debian.org wrote:
> > we can start show a little "risk meter", still far down in the "safe
> > zone". Jim can perhaps (depending on the UI) click on this risk
> > meter to get to those questions on preferred risk level, but if not
> > it is simply informed to him what his actions cause on the risk
> > meter.
> To give the risk meter meaning, we could "calibrate" it by showing
> other relevant risk levels on the meter. For example, if Jim uses it
> to blog, the risk meter could show risks relative to using various
> cloud blog services or hosting on his own rented server. If he uses it
> for Diaspora the risk meter could show risks relative to using
> Facebook for various activities.
I would prefer comparative risk measures done as project independently
from FreedomBox, however - not put it inside FreedomBox. Because either
you compare apples with oranges (specific use of FreedomBox compared to
vague guesswork or general usage pattern statistics for e.g. Facebook)
or you _lower_ the risk when calculating it: The very act of logging
into Facebook to gather information needed to measure risk levels of
specific usage patterns exposes FreedomBox to Facebook!
My idea is to use the meters only as a learning aid, not any comparative
measurements. Not even measurements between two FreedomBoxes!
Like "hmm, I see this "Tor" thingie that my geek friend babbled about is
here too. Activating it doesn't affect my karma or risk levels much,
though - unless also enabling that odd "exit node" thingie which makes
both spike, but also pops up a warning message I cannot be bothered
reading just now... Ahh, I notice that simply going through my
auto-generated contact list and explicitly marking my level of trust in
each of them decreases risk - I'll do some more of that, then."
That last housekeeping activity is a user-friendly presentation of what
we geeks call Web of Trust. And no, I do not claim to be an expert on
that, so all you clever folks out there please instead of shooting me
down help _improve_ user experience of such activity, ok?
* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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