[tor-dev] Tor Launcher settings UI feedback request

Adam Shostack adam at homeport.org
Sat May 4 20:58:29 UTC 2013

On Sat, May 04, 2013 at 12:54:35PM -0700, Mike Perry wrote:
| > I think this might be the right direction.  The person running Tor
| > knows two things: if they're worried about someone monitoring their
| > network right now, and how technical they are (and their desire to tweak
| > settings).
| > 
| > The UI could thus start:
| > 
| > "Should Tor do our best to figure out how to get connected, at risk of
| > drawing attention and response if you're on a heavily-monitored
| > network?"
| > 
| > [I need to be careful, I'll configure things (Recommended) ]
| > 
| > [ Probe the network (Riskier) ]  
| > 
| > [ I'm not sure, please help me decide]
| I like this direction. I think it can capture all of our concerns.
| Right now, "Probe the network" would just mean "Try the public network".
| Later, it can mean more extensive probing (of perhaps a selected subset)
| of pluggable transports. At that point, we could break it out into "My
| Internet connection is not censored or filtered" and "I am censored:
| Probe some common circumvention mechanisms for me (Risky)"
| That would capture Naif's request of having a one-click option that
| allows people to just connect to the public network if that works for
| them (which is still the lion's share of our userbase), and has an
| explicit option to help people through any confusion.
| I think we're getting closer!

What else does it need?

Btw, th framework I used is the NEAT/SPRUCE approach to usable
warnings, described here:


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