25 tbreg relays in directory

Alec Burgess buralex at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 03:32:32 UTC 2009

punkle jones (punkle.jones at gmail.com) wrote (in part)  (on 2009-06-29
at 10:19):
>  Unlurking for the first time, I think.
>  Why not join forces with a popular freeware/shareware product like
>  Aim or Winamp, with an "uncheck to opt out" option and a description
>  of tor.  Such a bundle could be preset to relay, and there's got to
>  be a magic bandwidth that most western users could tolerate.  Is it
>  ethically wrong to insert TOR into the userspace of the less-informed
>  by associating it with a popular (hopefully not unsavory) download? 
>  Does this concept fly in the face of free will?  Is it just too
>  sneaky?  It's not like you'd be putting five new toolbars into their
>  browser.

I've been following this thread with interest. From what I've read our 
best guess as to why other users are installing the package which uses 
Tor is to provide the  means to circumvent the restrictions  on quickly 
creating multiple accounts for a particular auction group (*Taobao)*.  
Correct so far? Presumably the effect of  doing this are likely to be 
unwelcome to *Taobao.com * management and/or other non-participating 

Question: ignoring any possible bad reputation this brings to the TOR 
community at large does this have the side-effect of increasing exit 
nodes and thereby providing more capacity to everyone? Or is typical 
usage for those who want to create the multiple accounts just to open 
them briefly and then cease immediately with no net noticeable effect on 
the TOR network as a whole?

Regards ... Alec   (buralex at gmail & WinLiveMess - alec.m.burgess at skype)

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