[tbb-bugs] #25695 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Activity 5.1: Redesign Tor Browser homepage ("about:tor") - create an user onboard

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Wed Jul 25 14:47:40 UTC 2018

#25695: Activity 5.1: Redesign Tor Browser homepage ("about:tor") - create an user
 Reporter:  isabela                        |          Owner:  antonela
     Type:  defect                         |         Status:  assigned
 Priority:  Very High                      |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser       |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                         |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  ux-team, TorBrowserTeam201807  |  Actual Points:
Parent ID:                                 |         Points:
 Reviewer:                                 |        Sponsor:  Sponsor17

Comment (by gk):

 Replying to [comment:21 mcs]:
 > Replying to [comment:20 antonela]:


 > > The first time I thought about `about:tor` came to my mind the idea to
 have check.torproject.org status just there. But then, the same question:
 Which is the situation where Tor Browser loads and not connect to Tor?
 Anyways, "You're connected to the Tor Network" string was inspired
 directly by check.tpo. What would be wrong if we take it from there?
 > Up until a few years ago, the Tor Browser home page was
 https://check.torproject.org/ but connecting to that site was slow and put
 load on the network (and that site). We switched to a local check in which
 Torbutton checks that the browser's SOCKS proxy configuration matches what
 the embedded tor daemon is using. This kind of check is very quick. I'd
 rather not return to an automatic check that hits check.tpo over the
 network. The reason we retained the link to check.tpo when we switched to
 the local check is because it provides an "end to end" live network-based
 check which some people want. But maybe its time of usefulness is past.
 Georg, Arthur, or others -- any opinion on whether we need to provide an
 easy and obvious way for people to load check.tpo?

 I think we can get rid of it on our about:tor page, especially as it is
 error-prone which caused confusion in the past.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25695#comment:23>
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