[tor-dev] Proposal for improving social incentives for relay operators

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Tue Jul 22 16:20:48 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 02:19:27PM +0300, George Kadianakis wrote:
> 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)
> etc.

Wow. Nice ideas. I'm a fan, if somebody wants to make this happen.

One point that you might trip over if you move this forward: you will
eventually wish you had implemented proposal 230
or something like it, else relays with many cool badges might be reluctant
to discard their identity keys next time we get hit by something like


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