[metrics-bugs] #25383 [Metrics/Website]: Deprecate stats.html and stats/*.csv files

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#25383: Deprecate stats.html and stats/*.csv files
 Reporter:  karsten          |          Owner:  metrics-team
     Type:  enhancement      |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium           |      Milestone:
Component:  Metrics/Website  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal           |     Resolution:
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Comment (by joss):

 I might be almost unique in this, but I do actively use the existing full
 user metric .csv files for the infolabe-anomalies mailing list
 (<http://lists.infolabe.net/lists/listinfo/infolabe-anomalies>). This is
 carrying out anomaly detection on a nightly basis looking at user numbers.

 I'm not entirely sure to what extent this data would still be available
 under the proposed change. I'm fine to update my code a bit to change
 URLs, etc, but if the data disappeared entirely it would harm some of my
 research quite considerably.

 In a more general sense, I'd strongly advocate for an 'open data'
 principle. You never know what research the next person coming along might
 do, and what it might contribute. At the moment it's a simple curl/wget to
 get that data -- if I had to wrangle a web interface as a precondition to
 carrying out analysis on Tor metrics then it would (possibly) be extremely

 Again, though, maybe I'm misunderstanding the proposed changes.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25383#comment:2>
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