[tor-dev] Reminder: Big/tricky/interesting features for 0.2.4 need proposals by 10 October

Nick Mathewson nickm at freehaven.net
Mon Sep 17 15:47:35 UTC 2012

Hi, all!

>From https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/roadmaps/Tor/024 :

"October 10, 2012: Big feature proposal checkpoint. Any large
complicated feature which requires a design proposal must have its
first design proposal draft by this date."

There are only 23 days till October 10.  If there's something you want
in 0.2.4.x, and it is the kind of thing that needs a design proposal,
and there is no proposal yet, it could be time to start writing!

What needs a design proposal? Generally: anything that involves a
change to the Tor protocol; anything whose security implications are
nontrivial and need discussion; and anything that will change any Tor
specification.  Err on the side of "it needs a proposal."

What is a "large complicated feature"? Please assume I'm going to be
extremely grumpy here, and err on the side of "it is big".  If the
writeup of the proposal that explains how it works, or why to do it
this way is going to take more than a few paragraphs, it is probably
'big' or 'complex'.

(Note to would-be system-gamers:  Please don't send a sketchy
incomplete draft as a placeholder to get your foot in the door. That's
not cool. If you don't have a draft ready, the feature can wait till

(Note also: a feature proposal by this deadline is a necessary
condition for getting your big/tricky/complicated feature into 0.2.4,
but not a sufficient condition.  It also needs to have a working
implementation on schedule.)

(Note finally: This is not a promise to not merge stuff that violates
this deadline, but I sure will be trying not to merge such stuff.)


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