Last month was the 3rd anniversary of kycnot.me! It’s amazing that it’s been 3 years since the first commit was made. I felt like it deserved a good update on the UI and UX. In the past 3 months, I’ve been working hard on a complete rewrite of the site. I wanted to give it a decent upgrade for the 3rd anniversary.
If you are interested in the details of the rewrite, take a look at the blog post I wrote. Here are the most important bits of this update:
- New image / UI - I’ve designed a new logo and color palette for kycnot.me. I think it looks pretty cool and cypherpunk. I’m not a graphic designer, but I think I did a decent work and I put a lot of thinking on how to make it pleasant for the user!
- Point system - The new point system provides more detailed information about the listings, and can be expanded to cover additional features across all services. Anyone can request a new point!
- ToS Scrapper: I’ve implemented a powerful automated terms-of-service scrapper that collects all the ToS pages from the listings. It saves you from the hassle of reading the ToS by listing the lines that are suspiciously related to KYC/AML practices. This is still in development, and it will improve for sure, but it works pretty fine right now!
- Search bar - The new search bar allows you to easily filter services. It performs a full-text search on the Title, Description, Category, and Tags of all the services. Looking for VPN services? Just search for “vpn”!
- Transparency - To be more transparent, all discussions about services now take place publicly on GitLab. I won’t be answering any e-mails (an auto-reply will prompt to write to the corresponding Gitlab issue). This ensures that all service-related matters are publicly accessible and recorded. Additionally, there’s a real-time audits page that displays database changes.
- Listing Requests - I have upgraded the request system. The new form allows you to directly request services or points without any extra steps. In the future, I plan to enable requests for specific changes to parts of the website, and even reporting issues with services.
- Lightweight and fast - The new site is lighter and faster than its predecessor!
The new site and all the features that come with it are something I put a lot of hard work into. I’m happy it’s finally coming out.