[plt-scheme] Version Check

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Wed Apr 26 13:28:08 EDT 2006

Also, the phone-home every time DrScheme starts might be useful for
collecting data on how widely DrScheme is used, which might be of use in
funding the work behind DrScheme.  But I think that's an example of when
one encounters obscure ethical dilemmas concerning intent or informed
consent.  I don't know how to call that one, and I'm not sure convention
is a good guide.

In any case, I think it is necessary (but not necessarily sufficient)
that the network privacy policy disclose the ways in which the
phone-home data might be used.

> From: Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org>
> To: Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org>
> Cc: plt-scheme at list.cs.brown.edu
> Subject: Re: [plt-scheme] Version Check
> Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 13:16:38 -0400
> I'd prefer, from a privacy perspective, that DrScheme not phone home to
> the mothership (check for new PLT versions) without explicit user
> permission.
> The checkbox to enable the check for new versions could appear in
> multiple places at once: (1) on a tab of the Preferences dialog; and (2)
> on the result dialog that appears when a check-for-new-versions
> operation is invoked manually from the Help menu.
> Regarding notifying users of new versions, perhaps DrScheme could ask
> the user at first run (or other time) whether s/he wanted to be added to
> the "plt-announce" email list.
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