[tor-relays] Tor Relay Operators Needs

nusenu nusenu-lists at riseup.net
Wed Jun 20 14:21:00 UTC 2018

Hi Eran,

a developer offering to help relay operators
what better can we ask for :)

Eran Sandler:
> Being a software developer by trade I've been thinking about projects and
> services that might help Tor Relay Operators and Tor in general and have a
> few ideas I wanted to pass along and see if anyone sticks.
> A few of the most notable ones are:
>    - *Tor Weather Replacement* - ever since Tor Weather went down I've
>    found that I actually miss it. It doesn't happen often that my relays are
>    down but it does happen from time to time and in the past Tor Weather
>    really helped get notified.

yes, this is on the radar of the relay advocate - Colin and maybe also the 
Tor Metrics team to some extend - and they are certainly happy if someone
takes this on - especially if you are also considering to maintain this on the long term
(the last service has been discontinued to to missing maintainership)

you can find more about this on trac and the previous thread:

>    - *System to provide tor exit node verification*. Given a pre-registered
>    app and callback and a fingerprint of a node it will find the Email of the
>    operator and email a unique link. When that link is clicked a callback will
>    be made to the preregistered URL - allowing a developer to verify that a
>    certain node operator is truely the one accessing the service. That is
>    actually needed for both of the services mentioned above.

This yet another good point and I had that (verified contactInfo) specifically in mind when starting 
the ContactInfo specification:

"provide the foundation for an automated contactInfo verification bot."

So if you are going to implement something like that I would be happy to work with you.

>    - *Simple package to run a webserver + customized tor exit node notice
>    page* - similar to what I configured for
>    http://tor4thepeople1.torexitnode.net. It's very useful and if we can
>    get a super basic web server that only serves this page and would be easy
>    to install (maybe even bundle with Tor) + let's encrypt integration (to
>    serve it under SSL) it would provide great benefit to all operators.

Since this functionality can be done with tor alone (DirPortFrontPage) and 
additional software (webserver) increases the attack surface I'm more leaning 
towards not recommending every relay operator to run also a webserver.

looking forward to how this progresses! :)



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