[tor-dev] Usability Improvements for Atlas (was Re: Globe is now retired)

Tim Wilson-Brown - teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 22:27:51 UTC 2016

> On 30 Jun 2016, at 06:05, Iain R. Learmonth <irl at torproject.org> wrote:
> Hi All,
> On 29/06/16 09:56, Karsten Loesing wrote:
>> tl;dr: Globe is now retired in favor of an improved Atlas.
> Atlas is improved, but I'd like to improve it further. I've been
> tackling #6787 looking to improve the homepage and make Atlas easier to
> use for someone that isn't already a Tor expert.
> The changes I'm proposing in my fix for #6787 [1] do make some
> noticeable UI changes and I just want to gather some opinions on whether
> or not Atlas users feel that this is taking it in the right direction.
> The "Top 10 Relays" page was added to Atlas in order to make sure that
> functionality was not lost when shutting down globe. (See #5430 [2])
> In my proposed patch, I'm also adding an "Authorities" page and adding
> text to both of these pages to explain what you're seeing. These are
> linked from the homepage, and from the top navbar.
> I'm also moving the introduction and explanation of the Atlas features
> from the About page to the homepage and introducing a new Help page that
> explains the details that are found in the relay details pages.

In 0.2.8, relays with enough bandwidth automatically become directory mirrors, serving directory documents over their ORPort(s).
So we could change the Dir Addresses as follows:

Dir Addresses
IP addresses and TCP port numbers to which Tor clients can connect to retrieve directory information. These will only be shown if the relay is configured to serve this information using Dir Addresses, and this helps reduce the load on directory authorities. (All bridges, and some relays, also serve directory documents over their OR Addresses.)

> You can find a live example of this patch at:
>  https://irl.github.io/atlas/#/
> and a full list of changes are detailed in #6787.
> Please let me know if you can see any reason to not merge this, or if
> you have any suggestions for small changes before merging.
> Thanks,
> Iain.
> [1]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/5430
> [2]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/6787
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Tim Wilson-Brown (teor)

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