[tor-project] UX team meeting notes, June 21st


Thanks to everyone who made it to yesterday’s UX Team meeting. Please note that next week’s meeting has been cancelled for hackweek, however we’re looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 5th of July instead.

This week we announced a new project: S131 – Refactoring Tor Browser for Desktop, celebrated the publication of the annual report, took care of various team admin tasks, and discussed everyone’s plans for hackweek (which takes place next week).

Here are the minutes:



== User Experience Team Meeting ==

UX Team meetings happen every Tuesday at 1600 UTC in #tor-meeting on OFTC.

Here are the logs from our meeting on June 21st:

== Useful links ==

About the UX Team:

UX repository:

UX roadmap:

UX kanban:

Team kanban:

== Meetbot commands ==

  • #startmeeting UX Team Weekly Meeting
  • #endmeeting

Tuesday June 21st @ 16:00 UTC

== What projects are we working on? ==

S9 – Usability and Community Intervention on Support for Democracy and Human Rights

S30 – Empowering Communities in the Global South to Bypass Censorship

S96 – Rapid Expansion of Access to the Uncensored Internet through Tor in China, Hong Kong, & Tibet

S101 – Tor VPN Client for Android

S123 – Tor Secure Access Package for USAGM

S131 – Refactoring Tor Browser for Desktop

== Announcements ==

New project: S131 – Refactoring Tor Browser for Desktop

The Tor Project 2020-2021 Annual Report

Volunteer as an alpha tester

== Agenda ==

Evergreen items:

  1. Announcements :mega:
  2. Weekly planning :date:
  3. Check-in with user support :speech_balloon:

Discussion items for this week only:

  1. Nicob joining S30 & S9 syncs:
  • Nicob to join S30 immediately to share updates about bridges.torproject.org
  • Nicob to join S9 once Phase 6 commences
  1. Potential new contractor for the UX Team:
    – Please have a think about the kind of things you could use help with
  • Bring your list to our 1:1 on Friday
  1. Friday 1:1s:
    – Let’s make the 15 minute overlap semi-permanent :slight_smile:
  • This means Nicob will join 15 mins early
  • Nah and donuts will also discuss UR goals for the next 6/12 months
  1. Hackweek:

== Weekly planning ==

Note: Please highlight anything you’d like to discuss below in bold


Last week (actual):

  • Began coordinating the 11.5 release
  • Responded to legacy Tor Browser tickets uncovered during ticket triage

This week (planned):

  • Transcribe VPN interview from last week
  • Check bridge-moji shortlist for compatibility issues in tor-browser#40860
  • Add hackweek project to https://hackweek.onionize.space/
  • Continue responding to legacy Tor Browser tickets


Last week (actual):

  • S101 features interviews
  • Transcribed S101 interviews
  • S96 testing and interview (Connect Assist - TB Alpha)
  • Reviewed feedback materials for S9 partners
  • many 1:1 calls to explain feedback materials (S9)

This week (planned):

  • Final adjustments on User Research materials (s9)
  • Create a plan to publish and adapt the materials for localization (s9)
  • Start collecting feedback from trainers (s9)
  • More 1:1 calls to introduce trainers to user feedback (s9)
  • AWJ training (s9)
  • Schedule interview and testing (s96) (s101)
  • Finish transcribing interviews (s101)
  • Start interview and test analysis (s101) (s96)
  • Align User Research Plan for Q3/Q4 (s30)


Last week (actual):

  • Update graphics for AWJ trainings
  • S30: Second round of amends, continued QA work on BridgeDB pages with Kez
  • Browser icons: final svg export
  • Starting work on social teasers/graphics for Tor Browser 11.5 release

This week (planned):

  • S30: Continue QA work on BridgeDB pages with Kez
  • USAGM: Continue working on graphics for social previews
  • Continue work on telegram bot graphics
  • Continue workshopping tor network icon for browser
  • Continue work on social teasers/graphics for Tor Browser 11.5 release


Check-in with user support:

== Open Call for User Research ==

Find out how to contribute to the UX team:

Thanks everyone!

Duncan Larsen-Russell
Product Manager & UX Team Lead