[tor-project] Onion sites vs onion services vs hidden services

Colin Childs colin at torproject.org
Wed May 4 07:34:38 UTC 2016

Hi Alison,

Just to clarify, the feedback I received was that "Onion Service" is
generally the preferred term; however "Onion site" could be used as a
sub-class of "Onion Service" to refer exclusively to websites. Due to
this, the user manual[1] has been changed to use the term "Onion Service".

That said, we are still very inconsistent about how we use these terms
in many other places.

[1]: https://tb-manual.torproject.org/linux/en-US/

Alison Macrina:
> Hi all,
> Colin (phoul) and I started working on the support team docs a few weeks
> ago, and it brought to our attention just how much onion sites/onion
> services/hidden services are still being used interchangeably. Since
> this is confusing, we checked in with folks about which one is
> preferred, and onion sites seems to be the clear favorite. However,
> internally and on Twitter, I still see us using onion services (and
> worse, hidden services).
> So, I want to propose that we choose onion sites or onion services once
> and for all (I'm in favor of the former because most users have no idea
> what is meant by "services"; it sounds too vague). Then, whenever we see
> somewhere on torproject.org or any of our documentation or whatever that
> still reads hidden services or onion services, that we kill it with fire.
> Thanks for reading,
> Alison

Colin Childs
Tor Project
Twitter: @Phoul

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