It’s hard to believe that I’m more than half-way done with my Outreachy internship. It feels like I began just yesterday! When busy, I do not notice how fast time flies. I started the internship on December 3rd and should finish on March 3rd. That is, if everything goes as planned. I may run through some roadblocks which shall require me to extend my internship period. Who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
When I applied for Outreachy to work with the Tor Project, I had to propose a timeline for the internship. Basically, I guessed what work I will do each month. My initial timeline proposal went as follows:
Month 1. Improve our support documentation Month 2. Collect feedback from our support channels and write a montlhy report to Tor Browser Developers Month 3. Answer Tor users
Very vague, I know. After working for the past 1.5 months, I’m reorganizing the timeline, showcasing the work I’ve done so far. I’ll be keeping the timeline updated on the Tor Project ticket tracker.
Month 1 (Dec 3 to Jan 3):
- Resolved about 250 frontdesk tickets, not counting those marked as spam.
- Opened a new ticket based on user feedback: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/32853
- Wrote the December 2019 feedback report: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/2020-January/002645.html
Month 2 (Jan 4 to Present):
- Resolved about 30 new frontdesk tickets, not counting those marked as spam.
- Closed some old unassigned open frontdesk tickets.
- The frontdesk queue has been reduced from 320 to 40 tickets.
- Worked on the Tor Mobile manual: https://github.com/torproject/manual/pull/58
- Created new issue based on user feedback: https://dip.torproject.org/torproject/web/tpo/issues/56
I was supposed to work on the “simplify OpenPGP signature verification instructions” ticket since January, but it’s taking longer than I expected. This is because I have to follow up with several Tor contributors to write a proposal on PGP instructions. Because I’m not familiar with with PGP, I can’t handle this ticket on my own.
I recently started learning about PGP in order to understand how signature verification works. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would have read about PGP before or as soon after I began the internship. It’s a complicated topic, with so little time to grasp the concepts.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to this second half of the internship 😀