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Re: [tor-talk] check.torproject.org isn't working properly?

Roger Dingledine wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 11:43:03AM -0400, uu110 wrote:
>> I'm running debian .debs version of Tor & vidalia as a standard relay
>> server.
> That means you're probably an exit relay. The problem here is that
> check.torproject.org looks at the IP address you're coming from to guess
> whether you're using Tor. You're coming from the IP address of a Tor
> exit relay, so it figures the odds are good that you're using Tor.
> In this case it's a false positive, because "you" aren't using Tor even
> though "you" are running Tor.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to add a few more words to that page to
explain this to people?  For example, http://torcheck.xenobite.eu
has a list of "remarks" below the preliminary information.  The last of
these is:


        This conclusion is valid only for your current webbrowser
     connections and not general for all other applications, because
     they each depend on an individual configuration which cannot be
     checked here!

        Are you running a Tor server node (by pressing 'act as
     server' on Vidalia, f.e.) AND is this your Home-IP? Then you're
     most probably NOT using Tor to reach the web! In this case I
     cannot make a clear decision for you. You are at you own, to
     compare your ISPs given IP and the above shown IP by yourself
     (if they are different, you are using Tor).

        The EXIT-state is concluded by TorDNSEL at
     'exitlist.torproject.org' only. We have no local data about this

But even on that web site that information seems a bit too buried IMHO.
It also may not be clear and concise enough for more casual users.


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