[tor-relays] Tor Weather has been discontinued
niftybunny at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 5 04:00:57 UTC 2016
Any chance I could *buy* some t-shirts? I am running 4 tor middles
nodes atm and 2 exit nodes coming soon and I would kill for some
2016-04-04 16:48 GMT+02:00 Karsten Loesing <karsten at torproject.org>:
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> Dear relay operators,
> as of April 4, 2016, Tor Weather has been discontinued.
> Tor Weather  provided an email notification service to any user who
> wanted to monitor the status of a Tor node. Upon subscribing, they
> could specify what types of alerts they would like to receive. The
> main purpose of Tor Weather was to notify node operators via email if
> their node was down for longer than a specified period, but other
> notification types were available, including one where operators would
> be informed when their node was around long enough to qualify for a
> The main reason for discontinuing Tor Weather is the fact that
> software requires maintenance, and Tor Weather is no exception. Tor
> Weather was promising t-shirts for relays that have not been around
> long enough or that provided too little bandwidth to be useful to the
> network, and it was almost impossible to deny a t-shirt after Tor
> Weather has promised it. Apart from that, Tor Weather was likely not
> offering t-shirts to people who have long earned it, thereby confusing
> them. An unreliable notification system is worse than not having a
> system at all. Relay operators shouldn't rely on Tor Weather to
> notify them when their relay fails. They should rather set up their
> own system instead.
> We have tried to find a new maintainer for Tor Weather for years, but
> without success. We started rewriting Tor Weather  using Onionoo
>  as data back-end in 2014, and even though that project didn't
> produce working code, somebody could pick up this efforts and finish
> the rewrite. The Roster developers said that they're planning to
> include an email notification function in Roster . And we
> developed a simple Python script that provides information about a
> relay operator's eligibility for acquiring a t-shirt . None of
> these alternatives is a full replacement of Weather, though.
> We encourage you, the community of Tor relay operators, to step up to
> start your own notification systems and to share designs and code.
> Tor Weather is still a good idea, it just needs somebody to implement it.
> Tor Weather is discontinued in two steps. For now, new subscriptions
> are disabled, new welcome messages are not sent out anymore, and
> existing subscriptions continue working until June 30, 2016. From
> July 1, 2016 on, Tor Weather will not be sending out any emails.
> Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this.
> All the best,
>  https://weather.torproject.org/
>  https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/weather-in-2014
>  https://onionoo.torproject.org/
>  http://www.tor-roster.org/
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