Key-signing : one-on-one & party
When you want to sign someone's key, you need a fingerprint slip :
a piece of paper with
Something that looks like this :
- the full fingerprint of your key,
- the primary uid (your name and email-address) of your key
17C4 22A4 F9CF 1476 2436 FE40 8B96 2943 FC24 3F3C
Henk P. Penning <email@example.com>
Create your fingerprint slips anyway you like ; here is one option :
Key-signing : one-on-one
Before you can sign someone's key, you have to meet that person face-to-face.
What to bring to the meeting
- A government issued photo-ID, like a passport, drivers-licence.
- a fingerprint slip ↑
- a pen
- no computer
What to do when you meet
- using the photo-ID, establish the other person's identity ;
- exchange fingerprint slips ;
- mark the slip you received with your initials,
authorizing it (for later).
What to do later
... and you're done.
- Fetch the key from a key-server, using the fingerprint
on the slip you received,
- sign the key ;
- either upload the signed key to the key-server,
- or mail the signed key (possibly encrypted) to the
email address on the slip ;
Key-signing party ; small ; no organiser
What to bring :
What to do
Form two lines ; one person facing another ; then :
- do a one-on-one ↑ exchange
with the person opposite
- shift one position to the right ; the last (right-most)
person joins the line opposite ;
- repeat until done.
Key-signing party ; big ; use an organiser
- When the party is big (say a 1000) persons, is in not feasable
to do 499,500 one-on-one's.
- instead, use a large room and an organiser.
- the organiser
- devides the room into signing-end and a party-end ;
- invites everybody to the signing-end of the room ;
- explains the procedure
What to bring :
- See above ; your photo-id and a pen ; no computer
- a bunch of fingerprint slips ↑, say 20
- (to help others) possibly a pair of scissors
What to do
Alternatively, in the party-end of the room, do
one-on-one ↑ exchanges until
you run out of fingerprint slips.
- in the signing-end of the room, pick a partner
- do a one-on-one ↑ exchange with your partner ;
- when done, either you or your partner leaves
the signing-end of the room
and walks over to the party-end of the room ;
- you raise a hand when you're looking for a partner ;
- repeat until only the organiser is left in the signing-end.
- When there is no beer (and no party-end),
just leave the room when done.
- It would be nice if the organiser can provide a way for visitors to get
fingerprint slips ; in advance, on request, perhaps at booth [todo].
- Perhaps the organiser (with an assistant) can explain the one-on-one
procedure (much like an airline safety presentation ; should be fun).