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Re: [tor-talk] My experience contributing to any Tor Project projects

Kevin Simper:
> Hi Tor users and contributors
> I wrote down my thoughts about how to feels like getting started
> contributing to the tor project.
> https://www.kevinsimper.dk/posts/how-to-contribute-to-the-tor-project


> Last year I did successfully submit a couple of changes to
> support.torproject.org that is awesome to see deployed! But it was mostly
> because of the awesome people on that team because everything else felt
> like it worked against me making any contributions just because how pieces
> of information are spread out.
> I will love to hear what you think! What triggered this what I was trying
> to report a bug and again meet all the different systems, but I did manage
> to create it https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30042
> What my point is that I am not just hating and have tried my best to use
> the systems before I talk about them, so my experience is authentic as
> possible :)

I think this is a great overview. I would love to see this linked somehow to a broader forum.

Tor is a wide open software project with so many diverse and intricate parts.

I could write up my contributions over the years, from battling with relays, UX research, training non-technical users, software porting and patching... and it would be unique, just like yours.

The bigger point is this: Tor isn't some simple one-sided project.  There are a lot of moving parts.

About the web site discussion, specifically:

To be bluntly honest, I didn't participate in the new www site roll-out to any extent, and only just looked at it this morning. If I had any criticisms or comments, I would be doing it humbly, since I wasn't part of the process.

Are there open source projects where that is not a valid dictum?

Everyone should remember that when the snowballs of condemnation are accumulating.

And remember, a lot of us volunteer a lot of free time to this project, and we appreciate how much others do also. The respect that TPO contributors get is well-earned.

Speaking as someone on the TPO Community Council, contributing to a software project means contributions, not jumping onto an avalanche of criticisms. The previous discussions on the new www site were utterly inappropriate.



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