InView is a web site that helps people identify whether people they meet on online dating platforms, such as Tinder and Plenty of Fish, have been accused of abusive behavior. Although we anticipate a primary user base of women and LGBTQ+, anyone is able to use the service, free of charge, to either report abusive behavior or search reports other users have made.
Users who have experienced abusive behavior can create reports, adding a description of what happened as well as profile photos, any information they know about the perpetrator, and optionally, corroborating evidence like screenshots of messages. Reports can be made anonymously to protect survivors.
When a user is considering meeting someone they matched with online, they can search reports using the person's profile information. Image and facial recognition technology make it possible to search reports using nothing but profile pictures. This way, abusers can't hide behind the anonymity of online platforms.
InView collects as little user data as possible to protect survivors' privacy while also ensuring the security of our platform from cyber attacks. User data is shared with external parties on a limited and strictly opt-in basis. Users who do not opt in are always given a way to take advantage of the site's full functionality. Examples of places where data might get shared is if we build a "login with" feature, also known as "Oauth" service. Rest assured we take security and privacy seriously and will never share the names of our users or data outside of what is required for the service to work, unless legally required to do so. For this reason we don't ask for real names when making accounts, and instead are dedicated to building secure ways to maintain the integrity of each report without needing personal data.
InView needs your help to launch! If you are an engineer or designer, we welcome volunteer support! Please read on to learn more about our stack and the tools we use. Otherwise, consider becoming a patron of the project on Patreon. Donations are gratefully accepted but are not required to be a patron!
If you're an engineer interested in helping with the project, here are some things to know! Since the project is just getting started, we're still making changes to our toolsets, but here are the basics. Our repositories are hosted on GitHub and tests are run prior to merging new code with Travis CI. Trello is our project management tool of choice; all contributors will need a free account to join our boards. We use Slack for team communication, with occasional meetings located in Portland, OR, USA. (Meetings can be attended remotely for those who are interested and not in Portland.) Because of the security threats facing InView, we highly suggest interested engineers sign up for the free month of Secure Code Warrior training in Ruby.
For more information on our process, please fill out the contact form and we'll get back to you within 24 hours!
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In addition to our lead engineers, we are very grateful to our community contributors for their hard work and dedication to making the world a safer place for women and LGBTQ+!
You don't have to make a donation to become a patron on Patreon. This helps us in a number of ways.
Those who are able are encouraged to make a financial contribution. Your contribution:
We depend heavily on the community to spread the word about the work we're doing. Your social media follows and shares - as well as good old-fashioned word-of-mouth - are invaluable to us. You can start by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube and encouraging your friends to do so too!
Volunteers keep our work going forward since we're not able to pay our contributors right now. Please contact us if you're available and interested! We're looking for:
We welcome contributors of all skill levels to the project and appreciate any amount of time you're able to spend. More junior contributors will have the opportunity to work closely with senior engineers, including code reviews and pair programming - either in person for those located in Portland, or remotely.