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Re: [Social-discuss] Comments: GNU social relationship manager

From: Rich Hilliard
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] Comments: GNU social relationship manager
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:57:40 -0400

I agree with the philosophy of default to "max-yet-usable privacy settings" but 
I have no clue what those might be in reality for the user you are talking 
For me, everything should be: Private until specified otherwise. 
But, for the { average | common | nontechnical } user, that may not be the 
desired behavior.
I presume they are using a social service to share things. 
So, what is the right default and when does the service ask to do something 
other than the default?

On Jun 23, 2010, at 1:46 AM, Luis A. Morán Morales wrote:

> On Wed, 2010-06-23 at 00:39 -0400, Matt Lee wrote:
>> ## Scenario 2: Robin.
>> Robin is a typical social networking user -- she has her friends and
>> family on her network, including people she'd rather ignore. She does
>> her best to keep up to date with Facebook's ever changing privacy
>> policy and privacy setting changes, but often fails in this task,
>> exposing her innermost thoughts to people she's too polite to delete
>> from her network.
> This is a very good start. It should behoove the project to make the
> default settings to max-yet-usable privacy levels. From personal
> experience, the "common" nontechnical user (think little sibling, mom
> and dad, etc.) has no idea or interest to learn about privacy settings;
> if he or she has even the vaguest notion of privacy to begin with. From
> a design perspective, for "common" users, the privacy issue should be
> out of their way and out of their radar. After all, nontechnical users
> are the most vulnerable to the current social networks that exploit
> their data. Most users just click "OK" on everything just to get to
> wherever they're going on the site.

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