Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#2783 closed task (fixed)

Tor: great for programmers, not so good for regular users

Reported by: jan.drugger Owned by: phobos
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Website Version:
Severity: Keywords: documentation experts "normal users"
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Hi folks,

Luv yer work - it's important and you've got lots of support so I wish you all the best. Unfortunately, I couldn't recommend it to a friend, and I'll probably have to bail out myself soon - the "time to productivity" ratio is running in the red.

All I wanted to do was create an anonymous blog, but it's been problem after problem - first, I wanted to set google as my home page, but each time I logged in, I got a google home page in a different language - OK, so I set the IP address as the home page. next, I wanted to create a blogger account, but I get a message that there is a problem with cookies - I guessed that this might be a problem with "Use new identity" so I try to turn that off, but it comes back on again -- I try to enable cookies in the browser settings, but that doesn't seem to have any effect.

This may all seem normal to you, and you've probably got ways of dealing with this and all the other issues I'm likely to face before I get to publishing my first post - but you're probably a programmer, and I'm just a blogger and it would take to long for me to sift through all the material (all very technical).

If you're happy to restrict your user base to "high tech only" that's fine - but how about warning lable at the front door so I don't waste so much time and look for something *I* can drive?

Looking at the options below, for example - I'll be very lucky to get this note on it's way.

Jan Drugger
jan.drugger@…

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by phobos

Milestone: Mixminion: unspecified
Version: Tor: unspecified

The tor browser bundle should be all you need, https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser. Obviously, we cannot control what sites you browse through it, nor how they interact with anonymity. Sorry you had such difficulty.

I can assure you that others with little technical knowledge have been able to do what you're trying to do. Have you tried following, http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/guide/ ?

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by jan.drugger

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Hi (un-named respondent),

sorry - you are right, it did turn out to be easier than I first assumed it would be.
I've had a look at http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/guide/ and found that to be pretty easy follow - perhaps if I'd seen that first I wouldn't have had so much trouble.

I think that all that's needed is a "quick start" section at the top of your documentation, lifted from the guide. Simply put, if all you want to do is browse websites (and this includes blog-creation and hosting sites ((it better or I'm screwed)) all you need to do is download the bundle, fire it up, and use the resulting TOR enabled Firefox.

Then again, if I'm the only one to mention it, then perhaps it's just me.

Thanks for the software and the reply, you can consider the ticket closed as far as I'm concerned, and sorry for the agro.

  • Jan
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