# Where best to discuss a cryptography algorithm idea?

I have this idea in my head, I've drawn some images of roughly how it would look.

I'm looking to explain the idea to someone and find out if there is something similar or if I'm going down the wrong road.

The idea came to me, not sure why, using a blend of a rubix cube and sudoku. I guess that might sound strange to read.

I could code it out in something like JavaScript for a basic tutorial.

Can anyone point me in the direction of someone or somewhere on the web?

• Start by formulating the problem you want to solve. You can ask here how to solve it. And make sure your idea is at novel and at least nominally superior. Dec 15, 2020 at 20:18
• Going to do that. Unsure if novel or nominally superior. Could be fun to find out. Thanks Meir. Dec 15, 2020 at 20:24

Try the following steps:

1. Determine how serious the idea should be.

1.1. If it's intended as a thinking toy, goto 2.

1.2. If it's intended to be used commertially, or even just somewhat widely, goto 3.

1. Have fun, share it, etc.

2.1. Write some code to work it.

2.2. Go to your favorite puzzle/game/riddle forum and post it.

2.3. Publish your code on GitHub or similar places. And remember to put a disclaimer in your README file that it's intended for fun.

1. Evaluate.

3.1. Test the efficiency of your algorithm, because most other commercially deployed algorithm can achieve high efficiency while hardly sacrificing security. If you spend an order of magnitude of more time encrypting, decrypting, signing, verifying some data than other algorithms, then stop there - it can't compete with the other algorithms.

3.2. Improve the quality of the specification (algorithm description) and the implementation (your code). If despite the best of your attempt, they look ugly, then stop there - it's unmaintanable and will most likely break some time soon.

3.3. Go to your preferred academic search engine to look up if parts of your algorithm had been analyzed, proposed, or had ever came up before. If they've not been proposed in the last 20-30 years, then there might be a reason it's not proposed, and could be an indication that it has flaws. If these all passed, goto step 4.