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Re: making developer location from ldap public?

On Fri, 2005-08-26 at 08:41 +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote: 
> [Robert Lemmen]
> > db.debian.org contains (optional) fields for the location of each
> > developer, an information which currently is only used to generate
> > edwards's fancy maps. there are other potential uses for this, like 
> > making it possible to find fellow debian developers at some place that 
> > you are going to for business or a vacation, and inviting them to a 
> > drink and some keysigning. imho this would be pretty cool, but brings 
> > with it a small problem: it would in effect make that information 
> > public, in the moment it is only accessible to debian developers. 
> [Thomas Bushnell]
> > I don't understand why making it possible to find fellow Debian
> > Developers this way should in effect make the information public.
> There are ways to use this information without making the location
> public.  We could add a geo-location search field, and then show the
> developers with geo-location closest to the point of interest, and
> their distance to this location.  This way the actual location of the
> DDs are still not public, but you can easily find the DDs to contact
> by searching for the position of the place you are visiting, and send
> emails to the closest ones.

Like, "list all of the D-Ds within (the hard coded) 30km of the
center of London".

That way, the data is not passively sitting there waiting to be
sucked in by Google, but must be actively queried by a human.

Sounds good to me.

> I believe mapserver is able to provide such search system, or
> something based on grass, but have not tried it myself.
> And for the record, I am opposed to making my geo-location information
> public, and will require answer no to an opt-in.

Out of curiosity, why?  You put your home address, phone number 
and even your cell phone number on your home page, which was trivial
to find, and didn't even need a search engine.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA
PGP Key ID 8834C06B I prefer encrypted mail.

"Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while
they last."
Charles de Gaulle

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