I was thinking about how one could go about recovering their forgotten password without providing an e-mail address.

One way that I can think of is to have a section in one’s profile for adding your GPG fingerprint. If you click “forgot password”, the server can generate a code, encrypt it against your public key, and provide you with the PGP encrypted message block. You would then use your private key to decrypt the message, input the code, and change your password.

I have not seen this type of password recovery being implemented in other sites, and I am not sure why. Is it that people are just not interested in having this option? Or maybe those who can keep a their private key secure are also usually able to keep their passwords secure and well-managed?

Perhaps logging in over PGP would be nice as well

What is libre culture?

Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.

Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.


I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

  • When sharing a Libre project, please include the name of its license in the title. For example: “Project name and summary (GPL-3.0)”

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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