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

Alison macrina at riseup.net
Thu May 5 16:12:48 UTC 2016

Aaron Johnson:
> We wrote up a proposed terminology for onion services up as part of Sponsor R work: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/SponsorR/Terminology <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/SponsorR/Terminology>>.  I’ll quote the terms we recommended:
> 1. "onion service" should be preferred to refer to what is now called a "hidden service". If other flavors of onion services develop in the future, this term could refer to all of them, with more specific terms being used when it is necessary to make the distinction.
> 2. “onionsite" should be preferred to refer to a website (i.e. an HTTP service serving up HTML) available as an onion service. This can be extended to other specific types of services, such as onion chatroom, onion storage, onion cloud service, etc.
> 3. "onion address" should be preferred to refer specifically to the xyz.onion address itself.
> 4. “onionspace" should be used to refer to the set of available onion services. For example, you can say “my site is in onionspace” instead of “my site is in the Dark Web”.
> 5. "onion namespace" should be used to refer to the set of onion addresses currently available or used "recently" (context-dependent).
> Best,
> Aaron

This is great Aaron, thank you!


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