torproject.org Admins

The admin team at the Tor project maintains our infrastructure and services.

Within the admin team we have sysadmins and services admins. While the distinction between the two might seem blurry, the rule of thumb is that our sysadmins do not maintain every service that we offer. Rather, they maintain the underlying computers – make sure they get package updates, make sure they stay on the network, etc.

Then it's up to the service admins to keep their services (onionoo, atlas, blog, etc) working as intended.

For example, "the blog is returning 503 errors" is a service admin thing, i.e. the blog service is experiencing a problem. Instead, "the blog doesn't ping" is a sysadmin thing, i.e. the machine running the blog service has an issue.

Other tasks that the sysadmins take on are along the lines of "I need this deb installed" and "there's a firewall rule blocking my packets to that other Tor machine" and "I need this userid added to that group".

The service admins instead are responsible of things like "the donation machine is not handling credit cards correctly", "a video on media.torproject.org is returning 403 because its permissions are set wrong", and "the check.tp.o webserver crashed".

A list of user facing services and their maintainers can be found at our infrastructure wiki.

A list of development machines can be found here.