[tor-bugs] #24497 [Webpages/Website]: Improve documentation for tor relay operators
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#24497: Improve documentation for tor relay operators
Reporter: arthuredelstein | Owner: (none)
Type: defect | Status: new
Priority: Medium | Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Website | Version:
Severity: Normal | Resolution:
Keywords: ux-team | Actual Points:
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Comment (by tom):
- I think there should be good, explicit instructions for pluggable
transports. I *think* non-PT bridges are not that useful these days? But
setting up obfs4 is not as easy as setting up tor. (Again, see #18356)
- Under relay Requirements, it generally lacks actionable information for
users. For example: "A relay should be able to handle at least 6k
concurrent connections (exit relays even more). This can overwhelm some
consumer-level routers." - is there something a user can do to check this?
It doesn't say anything about "If you run it from a normal computer or VPS
you'll be fine" or anything like that. How would a user check their
- "How well connected is the autonomous system of the hoster?" - I have
never considered this. I don't even know how I would go about
- "Does the hoster allow custom WHOIS records for your IP addresses?
(This helps reduce the amount of abuse sent to the hoster instead of you)"
"Does the hoster allow you to set a custom DNS reverse entry? (PTR)" -
these are probably things you'll need to ask in a Pre-Sales ticket.
- "It is best to avoid hosters where many Tor relays are already hosted"
- is it better to run no relays, or relays in already-saturated ASes?
- 'Please keep in mind that since most relays run on Debian and we want
to avoid a monoculture, *BSD based relays are greatly needed.' - what
about everything that isn't Debian/Ubuntu? Like Mac, Windows, Gentoo,
- "A common question with regards to these settings is: "Is it more
useful to use available monthly traffic in a short amount of time (fast
bandwidth) or is it better to have a slow relay running all the time?" In
most cases the former is preferred and recommended. " - Please rephrase
this paragraph to be a single statement rather than a lead-in, question,
and then difficult to parse answer.
- "Note: You have to explicitly specify the IPv6 address" - how does one
find their IPv6 address?
- " There are multiple options for DNS server software, unbound has
become a popular one." - I'd add a note that the OS' package manager
should allow you to install a DNS resolver, such as unbound, dnsmasq, or
- It takes some time for the traffic directed to new guard/middle relay
to ramp up. - exit too, no?
- I'd suggest adding a section under Part 3 about how hosting providers
may get annoyed by abuse complaints and demand or shut down relays.
Suggest users stay on top of abuse complaints and update the GoodBadISPs
- Also to not be a dick about your Tor relay. You are a reflection of the
Tor project, and being a dick reflects very badly on us.
- https://www.torproject.org/getinvolved/tshirt.html says 3 but lists 2
Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/24497#comment:52>
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