[tor-dev] Proposal for improving social incentives for relay operators
desnacked at riseup.net
Tue Jul 22 11:19:27 UTC 2014
Am 2014-06-10 02:26, schrieb Virgil Griffith:
> For a while I've been seeking to grow the Tor network in both size and
> goodput. Towards this end, I've explored various avenues such as
> increasing user-awareness via tor2web. More recently, I've been exploring
> financial incentives like TorCoin.
> Not wanting to strictly limit ourselves to financial incentives, I began
> reading the literature on incentivizing volunteers. The most relevant
> papers I found are:
> * http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/LMS2_ManSci-Paper-Final.pdf
> * http://pareto.uab.es/~prey/gneezy_254.pdf
> * https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3308162/Slonim%202013.pdf
> The most relevant of these papers (Lacetera 2013) cites the major
> motivations for volunteer labor are: "pure altruism, warm glow, self-image,
> and reputation". Upon reading this I realized TorCoin's technical
> interestingness had blinded me to much easier to leverage motivations of
> "warm glow" and "reputation".
> I propose the following system for harnessing "warm glow" and "reputation"
> for Tor relay operators. I am willing to fund this in its entirety.
> I propose establishing a subdomain on torproject.org giving each Tor relay
> operator (hereafter affectionately called "Torati") his/her own page using
> the information her machines provide to the Tor Directory Consensus. The
> fields to show on her "Torati profile page" would be things like:
> ContactInfo, PGP fingerprint, list of server nicknames, date the Directory
> Authorities first saw her contact info, etc. You can also imagine a
> receiving special "special recognition stars" for operating an exit or
Here are some ideas on various achievements/badges that could be
awarded to relay operators (in no particular order):
- You earned a flag (fast/hsdir/stable/named/exit)!
- Your uptime is over 9000 (seconds/days/months)!
- You are part of a family!
- You have the contact field set!
- With PGP!
- With a BTC address!
- You are part of an organization (torservers/etc.)!
- You are in an exotic location! (not many relays there)
- You have IPv6 enabled!
- You are running an experimental Tor version!
- You are a bridge with many clients from China!
- You are an obfsbridge!
You can imagine more special achievements, like:
- You were around during event X! (arab spring, etc.)
- You were the top guard during event X!
- You were the first big relay ever in Lithuania!
- You were in the top 10 exits.
- You survived an hour of anarchy! (awarded when the authorities fail
to establish a consensus for an hour)
You can also imagine recurring (monthly) achievements, and more
one-time achievements that tend to really motivate people in
games. Also, some kind of point system and levels might be fun.
To be honest, I don't know if such a thing would motivate people to
start running relays, but it might motivate people whole already run
relays to run even better ones (or try to hack the system just to
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