[messaging] Message delivery and revocation in Pond etc
michael at briarproject.org
Thu Apr 3 04:10:59 PDT 2014
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On 03/04/14 01:54, Tom Ritter wrote:
> Facebook somewhat recently added in a feature where, when you send
> a message to a user, and you can see when they 'saw' it.
> Whole idea of read receipts skeeves me out. My software will
> receive a message from you. I may very well spend a single second
> glancing at it to determine whether or not it is time-sensitive.
> But the fact that you know I received it now implies that I need to
> get to it and reply to it. Or confirms conclusively that I
> received but chose to ignore. I don't like my software leaking time
> of receipt or time of access.
Bernard and I discussed this issue with a group of users during a
recent usability test. The users distinguished between delivery
receipts and read receipts. They liked the reassurance of delivery
receipts for messages they sent, but not the intrusiveness of read
receipts for messages they received. FWIW, the consensus seemed to be
that delivery receipts were worthwhile on balance, and read receipts not.
I've since had several requests for delivery receipts from another
group of users, and was planning to implement them today before
getting sidetracked by email. ;-)
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