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  • From: Jonah Aragon <jonah AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Opennic Application
  • Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:50:40 +0000

Weird. I didn’t get the original email sent to me, just Megan’s reply. Luckily it was quoted there. 

I think it’s a great idea. I’m no developer, but if this is developed further and it’s stable I’d be glad to promote this. Maybe as an official way to connect to OpenNIC on the site and wiki, I know we’ve supported wizards like these in the past. 

If this is really cross-platform and it works well it’d be a great resource for the community. I’ll be following this project. 

All the best,


On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 2:45 PM Megan Parat <megan.parat AT> wrote:


I think it's a great idea.

There have been projects for a desktop app in the past (see DNS Wizards on the wiki's homepage).
Some are older than others, but I don't know if any has a solid userbase.

On a side note, I think these "wizards" should be worked on more. Some haven't been updated in a while, others don't automate/integrate too well...

On 02/23/2018 11:31 AM, Wil wrote:

It’s been a while since I started to follow the OpenNic project. But except one or two Tiers 2 servers, I didn’t contribute that much.

There were a discussion about how we could « improve » the number of users, still keeping in mind the purpose of the project (democratic, censorship, etc…).

So why not a desktop application ?
Even if there is a browser extension, what about all other dns requests… 

It looks like except for OpenDNS, there’s no such thing. Maybe a security issue ? Honestly, I don't really understand why.
Well, there are many explanations on internet on how to manually change the system settings. But for everyday people (like my oncle, my mom or the neighbor), many doesn't want to play with this.
And if at the beginning, I did the manipulation for them, I quickly realized that due to the way OpenNic Tiers 2 come and go (and that’s normal), I can't afford to do this all day long.

So I’m trying to do it myself.
First of all, I have to insist that I’m not a developper ! I didn't have any developer training. Don’t be rude, right.
I took some time to read one or two books and picked here and there code from tutorials.

Of course, it’s still in beta and there’s a lot to do. Like update, wiki, download page, a clean code, etc… 
But before going further, I would like to have your opinion about this.

Is it, above all, a good idea ?
What about security issue ?

I absolutely don’t want to mess with the good opinion OpenNic already has.
So if you guys thing it should be dropped, I will delete this from GitHub right away.

Any comment will be helpfull :


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