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I found it! It’s ‘BridgeDistribution “option”’ (in /etc/tor/torrc) ‘https’ (or ‘any’) is probably what you want. This advertises your bridge on https://bridges.torproject.org meaning whoever grabs a bridge from there probably doesn’t have a censored internet connection and would be fine with a non-stable (dynamic) bridge.

‘email’ would give your bridge info to someone who emails bridges@torproject.org as a way to circumvent some low-tier censorship.

There’s also an ‘unallocated’ slot which are bridges given to activists during protests or to Tor developers or whatever, but I don’t know if there’s an option to specifically select that (there was some discussion on whether ‘none’ should put a bridge into this slot or not advertise a bridge at all, but I don’t know what they did in the end.)

Lastly, I don’t think there’s a big problem running a normal relay with a dynamic IP as the IP change should be recognized right away. The difference is much bigger when running a bridge. Bridges with static IPs are very important as they can be written down and handed to a friend in a heavily censoring country and it can be relied on to be stable. Try that with a dynamic IP and your bridge will be valid for only a few hours. The good thing about dynamic bridges however is that, since some governments (like China f.e.), might start making lots of requests to bridges.torproject.org and blocking those bridges immediately, your dynamic bridge IP will be useless to them within a few hours and will effectively turn into a new unblocked bridge for someone who just wants a bridge to hide that they’re using Tor at all.

Have fun and thanks for running a bridge relay!


If the self-tests succeeded, then you’re good. Assuming you have a dynamic IP, you won’t see much regular traffic as your connection info will change every ~12h. There’s an option for your torrc to change the bridge distribution method, which might give you more traffic. Unfortunately, I forget what it was called.


The only modern dumb TVs would be professional digital signage displays (which often have awesome connectivity features like a slot for the Raspberry Pi compute module for example), but they can cost several thousands of dollars where a Samsung would go for $600 or so.

I suggest the mid to high-range Panasonic TVs. They don’t get in your way or even advertise any “smart” features in the regular menus, and they’re well built, too.

But yeah, Samsung is the absolute worst and Android TV on Philips devices is following closely in their footsteps in terms of annoying spyware overfunctionality.

You might want to go as far as opening that TV up and physically removing the WiFi adapter from the mainboard (if that’s possible on your model). I remember a story where these would scan the area for open networks and connect to those without notice.


It might. I’ve never tried it as I don’t have a Play Store. I just recommended this version because I know it works for sure (and it’s always better to use the Play Store less, Google doesn’t need to know what apps you install on your phone all the time).


Install it from here: https://signal.org/android/apk

This standalone app will update itself automatically and verify apk signatures as well.

It’ll recognize if you don’t have GSF and ask you to enable a permanent notification to make sure the app runs in the background and can receive messages. If you have GSF installed, I don’t think it gives you that option, though; you’ll need LineageOS or equivalent.


Both Nazism as Communism brought misery to this world. It would be better if they never existed at all.

I don’t think you can convincingly call him a Nazi.

username is the name of a weapon used by Nazi Germany

Weapons are used by different people throughout history. I’m sure the Nazis used knives as well, you shouldn’t go calling everyone a Nazi who gives themselves weapon names.

ps pls don’t ban me