Atlas is a web application to learn about currently running Tor relays and bridges. You can search by fingerprint, nickname, country, flags and contact information and be returned information about its advertised bandwidth, uptime, exit policies and more.
I'm taking this opportunity to introduce myself. I'm Iain R. Learmonth, or just irl on IRC. I began contributing to Atlas in June last year, and I'm currently serving as the maintainer for Atlas. We have made some usability improvements to Atlas recently that we are happy to share with you today.
Thanks to the work of Raphael and anonymous contributors for their help in producing patches. We will continue to work through the open tickets, and if you have a feature you would like to see or spot something not working quite correctly, please do feel free to open a ticket for that. If you would like to contribute to fixing some of our existing tickets, we have a new guide for contributing to Atlas.
Improved Error Handling
- Added a new message to warn users when the Onionoo backend is unavailable [#18081]
- Added a new message for the case where Onionoo is serving outdated data [#20374]
- No longer attempts to display AS or geolocation information when it's not available [#18989]
- Added tooltips to give descriptions of the meaning for flags [#9913]
- Made it easy to distinguish between "alleged" and "effective" family [#20382]
- Removed the graphs for which the data backend will never have any data [#19553]
- Graphs that have no data, but which may have data in the future, now give a "No Data Available" message [#21430]
- Relay and bridge fingerprints will now wrap when on smaller screens [#12685]
- Tooltips are repositioned to avoid them being clipped off on smaller displays [#21398]
- Now HTML 5 compliant according to the W3C Validator (including generated HTML) [#21274]
Hello front-end web developers!
Here's some background: both the Atlas and the Globe website use the Onionoo service as their data back-end and make that data accessible to mere humans. The Onionoo service is maintained by Karsten. Atlas was written by Arturo as proof-of-concept for the Onionoo service and later maintained (but not extended) by Philipp. Globe was forked from Atlas by Christian who improved and maintained it for half a year, but who unfortunately disappeared a couple of weeks ago. That leaves us with no actively maintained network status website, which is bad.
Want to help out?
Here's how: Globe has been criticized for having too much whitespace, which makes it less useful on smaller screens. But we hear that the web technology behind Globe is superior to the one behind Atlas (we're no front-end web experts, so we can't say for sure). A fine next step could be to fork Globe and tidy up its design to work better on smaller screens. And there are plenty of steps after that if you look through the tickets in the Globe and Atlas component of our bug tracker. Be sure to present your fork on the tor-dev@ mailing list early to get feedback. You can just run it on your own server for now.
The long-term goal would be to have one or more people working on a new network status website to replace Atlas and Globe. We'd like to wait with that step until such a new website is maintained for a couple of weeks or even months though. And even then, we may keep Atlas and Globe running for a couple more months. But eventually, we'd like to shut them down in favor of an actively maintained website.
Let us know if you're interested, and we're happy to provide more details and discuss ideas with you.