[Whonix-devel] #18002 [Archived/operations]: move away from OFTC to new functional, Tor-friendly IRC network

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#18002: move away from OFTC to new functional, Tor-friendly IRC network
 Reporter:  adrelanos            |          Owner:
     Type:  task                 |         Status:  needs_information
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 Severity:  Normal               |     Resolution:
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Comment (by arma):

 Two thoughts:

 A) OFTC has its issues but on the whole it's been quite pleasant compared
 to other irc networks. So I would worry about the case where we move
 somewhere, the new place turns out to not be able to handle all of our
 issues, and then we don't have anyplace to move back to because we burned
 our bridges. I think any move we might make should have a good answer for
 this concern.

 B) Longer term, I think we need somebody to build the irc proxy + nymble
 idea. That is, we need an irc proxy that can accept connections from Tor
 users, allow them to authenticate using some variant of the anonymous
 credentials idea, and then pass their connections (or their traffic, or
 however it works) to the main irc network. Then if they get blacklisted
 from the main irc network, the proxy notices and revokes their

 I guess item 'B' is one instance of the more general "irc needs to gain
 better abuse handling mechanisms" goal. I'd love for somebody to work on
 it, but so far it hasn't been something that Tor has developers for.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/18002#comment:19>
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