[tor-dev] prop224: Ditching key blinding for shorter onion addresses
lunar at torproject.org
Sat Jul 30 18:44:27 UTC 2016
> this is an experimental mail meant to address legitimate usability concerns
> with the size of onion addresses after proposal 224 gets implemented. It's
> meant for discussion and it's far from a full blown proposal.
Taking a step back here, I believe the size of the address to be a
really minor usability problem. IPv6 adressses are 128 bits long, and
plenty of people in this world now access content via IPv6. It's not a
usability problem because they use a naming—as opposed to
addressing—scheme to learn about the appropriate IPv6 address.
While I do think we should think of nicer representation for the new
addresses than base32, and we should adress that, working on a naming
system sounds like an easier way out to improve onion services
usability than asking people to remember random addresses (be them 16 or
(I now plenty of people who type “riseup” in the Google search bar of
their browser to access their mailbox… They don't even want to/can't remember
an URL. Hardly a chance they will remember an onion address, whatever
Maybe it would be worthwhile to ask the UX team for input on the topic?
Lunar <lunar at torproject.org>
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