Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 5 months ago

#9721 assigned task

blog aggregator for Tor project members & friends?

Reported by: erinn Owned by: ahf
Priority: Very Low Milestone:
Component: Internal Services/Tor Sysadmin Team Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: antonela, ahf Actual Points:
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Today was I was reading through and thinking how I wished there were a Tor equivalent. There are some problems with this, the first one being that Tor developers are not frequent bloggers, and, to the extent that they are, pretty much all of the relevant stuff ends up on our official blog. There is also the issue that if this is an "official" project by us, it may be subject to some kind of speech-policing because of funders. (Maybe this is not an issue? I think a well-curated blog is unlikely to trigger problems, but would like advice here.)

So, all that said, we know researchers, academic and otherwise, who write interesting blog entries, in addition to a wider community of privacy & security advocates. I think this would be a fun way to get people drawn into the community as well as giving us a more or less central area to point people to if they want to keep in touch with what's going on from people we trust, rather than having to rely on often-crappy news articles.


And BTW I offer to be involved in setup & maintenance of such a service . Assigning to ponies because I effectively want a pony here.

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by mo

I need a blog for Torservers anyway, and I want to set it up in a way so that other Torservers organizations can be represented there as well. So, I am all in. To not confuse people it might be good to have it on a domain.

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by phobos

We had a for a year and no one used it. If we have a way to more automatically include tor related posts from around the web, it could be interesting.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by teor

Severity: Normal

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comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by teor

Keywords: archived-closed-2018-07-04 added
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

Close all tickets in archived components

comment:5 Changed 6 months ago by ahf

Cc: antonela ahf added
Component: Archived/PoniesInternal Services/Tor Sysadmin Team
Keywords: archived-closed-2018-07-04 removed
Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

(I'm unsure if this should be "Tor Sysadmin Team" or "Services Admin" team.)

Anto and I are looking at creating a "planet" page for Tor with aggregated blog content from the core community members. Our WIP repository is at

We would like to request the following:

A place where we in cron can run a Ruby script, that must be installed from Ruby's gem package manager. Debian unfortunately does not have this packaged.

  1. It needs the libsqlite3-dev and ruby Debian packages to build.
  2. The Gem can be installed with Ruby's gem install pluto as root.

The server where it will be running on should have a web server, ideally with TLS, where we can publish the statically generated HTML and RSS files in some folder.

I don't know what other information you need here? I don't know how many people will be fetching the page each day, but I assume it will be less than in the beginning and maybe around the same if it becomes popular?

comment:6 Changed 6 months ago by ahf

Owner: set to ahf
Status: reopenedassigned

comment:7 Changed 6 months ago by anarcat

Priority: MediumVery Low

with everything that's going on right now, i don't think this should be a priority.

but maybe you could run the aggregator as a cronjob or systemd.timer on one of the static sources and from there just sync to the static mirror network? would that be enough?

i also note that all "planet" aggregators are more or less unmaintained. i did a review of those to see how to get out of the mess Planet Debian is in, here:

it seems the only one that's still maintained is the "pluto" one written in Ruby. But that's not packaged in Debian so you'd somehow need to deploy it by hand, which will be problematic.

so i would push back on this gently, if i may, until we can get our heads out of the water. in the meantime, let me know if a static site would work for you.

comment:8 Changed 6 months ago by ahf

Agreed on priority.

I think being given a folder somewhere where I can scp/sftp the static files too would be mighty fine. It should just be with an SSH key that is NOT the one I have in LDAP since I would have to automate this somehow.

Would that be OK?

comment:9 Changed 5 months ago by hiro

This could be better done with jenkins to be honest and be built like other static websites are.

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