- Can I send to you a MS-Word file or
an audio file? What about a video file?
No, we strongly suggest to use a graphic
file format like JPG
or GIF because
they are absolutely viewable by all internet
users without problems. Please try to keep
the file size around 100-200
All you need to do is: compress the file with
WinRAR and encrypt it before sending it.
You must be aware that other kind of files
are not standard in the internet world. For
this reason, if you want all the people to
be able to read your information, use JPG
- I'm really curious, is it possible to
know in advance the password to unlock a specific
file you published onto your portal?
No, sorry. We haven't the password until
the circlemakers send it to us.
Once we receive the password and we check
the consistency of the file we will send the
password to everybody.
- I'm a circlemaker, how can you guarantee
that I will remain anonymous?
We won't know your identity if you send a rar-encrypted file from an anonymous
Furthermore we promise not to expose the email address
you used to send the file.
- I'm a circlemaker and I sent you a formation. You said you will not expose my email address, but could my IP address be used in the future to investigate my identity?
We are not interested in knowing your identity, after we send a YEF we regularly delete the related source email from our server.
- I don't see my file over your web
how can I know that my file has been really
We suggest you to subscribe to the mail-list,
only the mail-list
will guarantee that your file has been released.
The web site could be not aligned for some
reason to the files already published.
- Should I subscribe to the mail-list with
the same address from which I'm sending my
Absolutely not, we don't want to have this
It's up to you, just create a new account
and subscribe to the list or subscribe to
the list with the same address.
- Can I know who are the subscribers of
Sorry, you cannot.
The subscribers are not shown for privacy
- Can I send my file directly through
Absolutely not, only the moderator may post
messages to the mail-list.
Subscribers only receive files sent by the
- I'd like to receive emails from
circlevault mail-list with Daily digest
modality. Is it possible?
If you choose Daily digest modality you
will not receive email attachments. This means
you will not receive encrypted formations. For
this reason you should prefer Individual emails
- I'm a circlemaker, I sent you a file
and you already published it...
I wrote in it several insults,
defamations and jokes so when everyone opens the
file I'll have a laugh.
That's not possible. Before sending the password
for a specific file we check if the password
really will unlock the file and we check also what
is the content of the file.
If we find a bad content we simply don't send
the password. If the file content is ok (or
not) is up to our judgment.
- Ok, but now I wrote in it several insults,
defamations, jokes and I don't want to reveal
it also to you. How can I do?
Just don't send us the password for
- Now I made the circle and I want to reveal
the password but I forgot it. How can I do?
Sorry, only you knew the password. You missed
the opportunity to prove to the world you
made that circle.
- I'm a circlemaker, I sent you my password
but you didn't yet published it...
We strongly suggest every circlemaker to
send his password after
the 1st October of the current year,
Anyway, circlevault will keep a minimum 30-days
delay (file received ==> password publishing)
before publishing the password.
When did you send us your file? When did you
send us your password? More or less than 30
days has passed? If less, that is the reason.
Just wait a little bit and your formation
will be available to everybody. If this is
not the case then it was our mistake, please
resend it again.
- What is the reason for this 30-days delay?
Really this is to help you just to avoid
to reveal the formation too much in advance.
Crop circle researchers need time to investigate
it. We think 30 days is an acceptable delay.
- I made the formation and I have the password
of the file, when should I send it to you?
You are really encouraged to send your password
of the current year, but you are not obliged
to send any password. When you want to do
it, simply send us the password from the *same*
email address you sent the file.
We will not check passwords received from
unknown email addresses against a YEF.
- Ok but I had to change my email address,
how can I do now to send my password?
We will not publish passwords received from
a different address because we want to be
sure you were the creator of the file. If
you changed email address just simply send
us again YEF (you already sent us from your
previous email address) and the password from
the new email address. You are the only one
able to send YEF again, nobody else could
- What is the best period to send my password?
The best period is October-November
of the current year.
- Why WinRAR to compress & encrypt
WinRAR is a very well known popular software
used all over the world and furthermore it's
multiplatform. For this reason you don't have
to care if you encrypted your file(s) on a
specific Operative System (like for instance
Windows, Mac or Linux).
- Can I use Winzip or other similar software
to compress & encrypt my files?
Absolutely not. We accept only files compressed
with WinRAR. For a WinRAR vs Winzip
comparison, read here.
- Ok, I'm not the creator of a specific
file, what if I find the password for that
file and I see the encrypted formation in
We don't think it's so easy, once we receive
the encrypted file, we:
- check the encrypted file
- encrypt it again with a second very long
password (99 characters)
- publish it
We are not so sure that you'd like to spend
a very (very!) long time in trying to crack
two passwords, we are talking about years
and years and years (and years...) of
If you were successful let us know.
- Ok, but let's suppose you (at circlevault)
found the first password before sending the
encrypted file to the mail-list, so you could
change the file content and send to the mail-list
a file different from the original one sent
by the circlemaker, isn't it?
We created this process and we have no interest
in damaging it. We built this web-solution
just to give all circlemakers the capability
to prove 100% that at least circles contained
in their published files are man-made.
Furthermore it's not so easy for us to find
the password by chance in a limited timeframe
(received date ==> published date) and
we are very keen in trying to make this timeframe
as short as we can. Anyway, you have to
trust us, we have no interest in doing that.
- How do you manage the fact that I can
see an image of a formation over the web or
in the field, create a graphic file and
pretend to be the circlemaker for that formation?
Do you check also if a formation was discovered
before someone sent a file?
When we receive the file, we will check if
the file is ok, if it is really encrypted,
and other things.
When we will publish it we will also send
basically two information: timestamp when
received and timestamp when sent to the mail-list.
After you send the password for a specific
file we could also check if the formation
appeared very close to when we received the
If that happens it means that everybody cannot
be sure if that specific formation was 100%
If you really want to prove that a specific
formation is man-made you need to send the
file quite in advance in order to avoid this
kind of situations.
- How much time you will take to publish the
file? Is it in real time or not?
No, this process it's not in real time.
Of course publishing could be very quick (during
the same day you sent the file) but you could
consider at least 2 or 3 days before your
file will be published.
The reason could be due to email delay or other problems.
- How could we be sure that a discovered
formation is exactly the one published in
The information contained into the file should
give you this certainty. Anyway the judgment
it's absolutely up to you.
- I sent you an encrypted formation, and
we realized it. The problem is that we didn't
finish it and we made also a mistake but it
has already been discovered.
It's up to you. Just decide if you want to
send us the password for that file or not.
- I sent the wrong drawing, I changed
a little bit the formation, can I send the
new file? What about the old one?
Of course you can send all files you want,
we obviously suggest to encrypt each file
with a different password. As per the old
file, don't send us the related password.
- Must I subscribe your mail-list if I
want to send you a formation?
No, you are free to send your formation
without being subscribed to the mail-list.
- You are encouraging the circlemakers
activities. Don't you think that your web
site encourage their vandalism?
No, we obviously invite circlemakers to ask
the permission of the land owner before making
the formation. We don't want to encourage