[Autocrypt] Lost newcomer

holger holger at merlinux.eu
Tue Dec 19 17:32:09 EST 2017

Hi Jan,

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 17:10 +0100, Jan Simon wrote:
> Dear readers,
> I'm not sure if this is the right channel to post this message, but I did
> not find another way.

that's a fine channel and thanks for dropping by. 
> I was interested in Autocrypt, because my trials to work with PGP have not
> been successful. I've opened the homepage
> https://autocrypt.org/en/latest/index.html
> and hoped to find some useful explanations. The link "What is autocrypt?"
> looked perfectly. But what do I find there? No description of what autocrypt
> is. It is explained, what the problem with emails is, why a new approach is
> needed. I read that "diverse group of mail app developers hackers and
> researchers" work in this project and where which meetings took place. It is
> mentioned, which headers are added to the emails, and that the future
> process will have different "Levels".

Would it have helped if on the front page we say something like "Autocrypt is a security
specification which can be implemented by mail applications" early on? 

> This is written by someone, who is very familiar with the project. 

Do you maybe have a suggestion what we could answer to "What is Autocrypt" in one sentence? 

> But for a
> newcomer as me, essential questions are left open:
> 1. What is autocrypt?
> 2. Can I install it on one of my devices, PC, tablet, smartphone,
> Blackberry?

Did you try "Test IT" link or the button? 

> 3. What will my communication partners have to do to read my mails?

Your partner's mail applications need to be "autocrypt-capable" and that
is something that still takes a while, i am afraid.  It's still early
days for autocrypt adoption as described on the Test It homepage. 
In fact we are just about to release the finalized Level 1 specification.

We need mail application developers to implement the spec -- the
site is aimed at mail developers and technically interested users.
You can not "install autocrypt" as you can install a mail program.

That being said, i think during 2018 and with more Autocrypt enabled
mail apps available, the home page could change more to address

Lastly, indeed MUA is specification jargon in commong use since 30 years or so
and means "Mail User Agent", in the entry pages and the front page of the
spec we rather use "mail app" or "mail application.  Both terms have
their use and justification.

best and thanks for your feedback,

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