I know that this is my first message to the group, but I've been watching for a while and I would like to jump in and help.
A key challenge that I see this group facing is that the backlog of sites to score is mammoth. There is no way that this group will ever be able to keep up with the changes and the scoring of TOS and Privacy Policies if it is something which takes a long time to do. The backlog is unsustainable, and because there's no way that the backlog can be chewed into, and so many popular sites are not yet scored, it will be difficult for the public—and the organizations themselves—to take scoring seriously. Google has a "C." Google doesn't care. DuckDuckGo has an "A," and they only care because they've made that a core part of their business. I would like to help construct a proposal for a standardized scoring system. This scoring system would focus not on independent clauses in the document, but rather questions like: "can site X track you outside of your own site? -20 points" or "does organization Y promise to disclose government requests for information? +20 points." Something simple, which when aggregated could output a score. I would like to find two or three other people to work with in this endeavor, the product of which would be a document outlining the process for measuring, scoring, and preparing this proposal for a vote by contributors. Since there's a lot to review, I think keeping the number of people down will help us come to something that we can open to the wider group more quickly. I would like this process to observe a December 1st deadline, so that we can all review the document and members (of which I am not one yet) can vote. During the process we would give a monthly update. After this process, it might be useful to have a program which takes a checklist of the criteria, runs it through a rules engine, and pops out a score. This would make it so that people reviewing sites weren't affecting the score directly, but instead were focusing first and foremost on the agreed-upon criteria. The goals of this process would be: - A clear, transparent, and easy-to-understand set of scoring criteria that the browser plugin could draw attention to - Because of the standardized approach, the organizations being scored would understand how to improve their score - We would now have the ability to score sites consistently, and more quickly - This process will foster a more trustworthy set of scores as it is repeatable based on criteria - No recommendations would be construed to have been agreed-upon by the group until a vote affirmed the proposal I do hope that the group thinks that this is a worthwhile proposal, and I'm happy to start working on this ASAP. If this is already an effort which is underway, I would like to contribute. I looked but didn't find any. Much thanks. -- [!!] Please see https://edit.tosdr.org -- this is where new contributions should be submitted and discussed tosdr.org | twitter.com/tosdr | github.com/tosdr --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Terms of Service; Didn't Read" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to tosdr+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/tosdr. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/tosdr/b8540c74-3a79-46ac-ab77-eb98ada3d5ef%40googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.