Privacy Rewrite GSoC Project

Ethan Blanton elb at
Thu Aug 6 06:34:25 EDT 2009

Mark Doliner spake unto us the following wisdom:
> > I believe the plan is that, for the new system, if that list contains
> > *anything*, whatever is in that list is blocked.  If you don't want to
> > block any users, don't put anything in that list.  We are explicitly
> > moving away from protocol-specific semantics, and to a single,
> > coherent interface which is mapped onto the protocols as needed by the
> > core and prpls in tandem.
> I guess that works flawlessly for blocking messages.  There is still
> ambiguity about whether the blocked buddy will be able to see if
> you're online.

Yeah, there's a bit of a problem there, because of the conflation of
subscription/instantaneous visibility/online-ness on various
protocols.  I suspect it won't always be perfect.

We've discussed having per-buddy invisibility and blocked-ness handled
as discrete settings, I'm not sure where that stands in the current
proposal.  I think maybe it went the way of the dodo amidst cries of
"too complicated".


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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