Opened 3 months ago

Last modified 2 months ago

#26669 needs_review enhancement

Add a new icon for "Obsolete"

Reported by: irl Owned by: hiro
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Styleguide Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: metrics-team, antonela Actual Points:
Parent ID: #26667 Points:
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Description

The only concept I can think of is a garbage can? There's probably something that can better represent this, and that is less offensive to obsolete software.

This would be used for an additional flag on Relay Search, see the parent ticket.

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Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 3 months ago by irl

Reviewer: antonela
Status: newneeds_review

I went with the tortoise ("Narrate Slower") from the Photon icon set. You can see this with the other icons at:

https://people.torproject.org/~irl/icons/

The idea here is that these relays have fallen behind, like a tortoise would in a race with other relays. I hope we don't offend anyone with a pet tortoise.

comment:2 Changed 3 months ago by irl

Having spoken with someone who lives with a tortoise, they confirmed that they would not be offended by this usage. However, they also raised that maybe the tortoise would be confused with low bandwidth or high latency and so is maybe not the right choice. I'll leave it in needs_review because I'm really out of ideas.

comment:4 Changed 3 months ago by irl

Oh maybe. The person I spoke to about the tortoise suggested a Ford Model T, but I thought that probably wouldn't be so recognisable in some parts of the world. I don't know how popular the penny-farthing was worldwide.

comment:5 Changed 2 months ago by antonela

I have a tortoise, and I don't feel offended! Indeed, I think the tortoise works better for representing slowness.

When I look for obsolete icons here, I found that bike!
https://thenounproject.com/search/?q=obsolete

But I don't think that it is representative enough.

Braindump here:
VHS - diskette - old computer/console - walking stick

https://thenounproject.com/search/?q=old
https://smashicons.com/browse/old
https://material.io/tools/icons

What are the implications of having the obsolete/old status? Maybe that can help us with finding a good visual anchor to support this idea.

comment:6 Changed 2 months ago by irl

I guess the implications of having old relay software is that you may have bugs that prevent the relay from being as good as it can be. They're not necessarily security bugs, but maybe just missing features that are holding back deployment of a new thing in the Tor network (like IPv6 support of v3 onion service features).

I've changed it to a bug, which I think does better capture it. A penny farthing was a nice idea but I don't think it's universal enough and it doesn't render very well at 16x16 pixels as it's a lot of thin lines.

comment:7 Changed 2 months ago by antonela

Perfect! I see the 'bug' as the best way to represent the idea you want to render.
Thanks for making them irl!

comment:8 Changed 2 months ago by irl

Status: needs_reviewmerge_ready

Awesome!

comment:9 Changed 2 months ago by irl

Reviewer: antonela
Status: merge_readyneeds_review

This is now merged in the tor-icons repository.

I have also made a patch for styleguide which can be found in my task/26669 branch. It also includes the icon from #26668.

hiro (or antonela) - Can you please review and merge this in the styleguide repository?

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