Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 10 months ago

#11222 needs_information defect

Inform user if reachable bridges drop below a configurable fraction/number

Reported by: mikeperry Owned by: brade
Priority: High Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Launcher Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-usability
Cc: mcs, gk, isabela, phoul, pari Actual Points:
Parent ID: #31283 Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor: Sponsor30-can

Description (last modified by mikeperry)

It would be very useful for a number of reasons if Tor Launcher could pop up some kind of alert if some fraction of their bridges become unusable (ie when less than 50% are reachable, or perhaps less than min(33%,1)).

In that case, it should instruct the user to obtain more bridges, and give them instructions and/or a bridgedb link specific to their PT type (ie

The primary motivation for altering the user is that if bridges either go down or get blocked, it will be far easier for the user to obtain more if the user still has at least one working bridge to work with (to connect to gmail or visit a link).

One way to do this might be to use the control port command 'GETINFO entry-guards" on a timer, but an event-based approach using the "GUARD" event could also work (but would require substantially more bookkeeping and may be error prone in the face of GUARD event state transition oddities).

Tor Launcher probably should also not issue the warning if all bridges become unreachable at once, and/or if Tor detects a cease in network activity (which does not seem to be directly exported to the control port at this point :/). We don't want to alert the user every time they walk out of range from a wifi hotspot or similar situation.

This option also should not be active if the user is not using bridges.

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Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by mikeperry

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by mcs

Cc: mcs added

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by mikeperry

See also #15358.

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by teor

Severity: Normal

Set all open tickets without a severity to "Normal"

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by mcs

Cc: gk isabela phoul pari added
Status: newneeds_information

This ticket has been around for a long time. I wonder if we have any data about this from our users? Are people getting cut off from the Tor network because their last bridge stops working (due to censorship or because all of their bridge stop working)?

comment:6 Changed 10 months ago by pili

Parent ID: #11180#31283
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