Speaking as a maintainer of Whonix, as someone who is active within the Tor community, I've asked the same question, although on tor-talk:
tor-talk: Are non-official projects welcome to Stackexchange Tor Q&A forum?
Can I redirect Whonix users to Stackexchange Tor Q&A forum?
There are many Tor related projects, which are non-official, such as
Whonix, Liberte Linux, TorChat, etc.
Can non-official projects redirect their users questions to the
Stackexchange Tor Q&A forum? I mean, will those questions be accepted
or will they get closed by the moderator?
- I really like to see a Tor forum succeed.
- I am not eager to run a separate Whonix forum.
- The Tor support team is free to ignore those questions.
- The Tor support team (and anyone else) is free to point out that these projects are non-official and unsupported.
Got an answer:
So, we chatted about it a little, and we're not 100% actually sure
what the right answer should be there. We don't mind general questions
about other Tor-related projects, but we'd like to avoid having that
stuff ramp up faster than the Tor questions. Also we're also worried
that if we say 'yeah, sure, go ahead' then we'll get swamped with
support requests for stuff like "tormail," or the next Haystack, or
that it's going to turn into a promotional vehicle for somebody with a
forked Tor called tOr, or some drama like that.
On the other hand, I don't want to have people decline to answer
questions like "What are all my options for a Tor-based operating
system?" or "How can I transparently proxy traffic to Tor on Windows".
So we need a good answer here, and I don't know what it is.
How about we this: Let's all try to make an honest effort to focus
on stuff that Tor releases for now, answer relevant questions for
other Tor-related stuff as it shows up, and revisit this in a little
while, once we see how it goes?
Everybody's still working out how we want to use this, and it's only
going to work out if it has a happy, engaged community. That means
IMO we should avoid making and avoid looking for Big Policy
Pronouncements, and lean towards decisions of the form "let's try X
for now and see how it works out".
At least, that's how I'd go. It's not actually my call, and I'm not
currently moderating it, but I don't think that's a crazy approach for
And another interesting one from:
On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM, adrelanos
Runa A. Sandvik:
On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
I disagree with the Tor Project pushing for a StackExchange that is limited to Tor, when a StackExchange for Anonymity Technology
doesn't exist as a whole. I would prefer that a SE for Anonymity
software is established that includes Tor as well as other solutions
such as I2P. As it stands right now, Tor looks like it's trying to
monopolize any possible Anonymity SE, and that's not okay.
There is a thread here that echoes similar concerns:
Why limit this to TOR?
Nadim, I said this on Twitter and I will say it here too; the right
place for this discussion is on the Stack Exchange proposal page.
is not up to the Tor Project to decide what goes and what does not on
this page, it is up to the community.
That contradicts what Nick initially replied (first reply in this thread).
Stack Exchange proposals and pages are very much community driven. We
need help from the community to make our page a success. There is a
discussion on our proposal page about whether we should limit the page
to Tor-related questions or not;
Why limit this to TOR?.
I agree with Nick's statement about seeing how things develop and
revisit the question later. I am concerned that including other
anonymizing networks and tools, such as Freenet and I2P, will make the
site too broad. I would also like to encourage you to comment on the
proposal page instead of the tor-talk mailing list. The proposal page
is a good place for a discussion about what the page should and should
-- Runa A. Sandvik
Why limit this to TOR?