[tor-dev] New documentation for Tor Metrics website

Lei Yang leiyang198710 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 22:05:47 UTC 2014

Dear Dr. Loesing,

I have a concern about the consensus_weight. The definition of it seems
that the consensus_weight is a completely measured value by the
authorities. However, from the Bandwidth Scanner Specification, if I
understand correctly, it looks like a combination of observed bandwidth and
the measured bandwidth. This is the description about how to calculate the
consensus weight in the Bandwidth Scanner Specification, "we compute an
average of the filt_bw fields over all nodes we have measured. These
averages are used to produce ratios for each node by dividing the measured
value for that node by the network average. These ratios are then
multiplied by the most recent observed descriptor bandwidth we have
available for each node, to produce a new value for the network status
consensus process."

If I am wrong, could you please let me know? Thank you very much!


On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM, Karsten Loesing <karsten at torproject.org>

> Dear list,
> writing documentation is hard work.  I'm sure you already knew that, but
> let me re-assure you that I now believe it, too.  At least until I
> forget it again and carelessly start documenting something else that
> looks tiny and friendly and trivial to document.
> Anyway, I spent the last day (felt like half a week) on rewriting the
> relevant text for the Tor Metrics website, and I wrote a short glossary
> of terms I didn't want to explain over and over.
> Would people on this list mind reviewing my text and suggesting
> improvements?
> For reference, the old text and real graphs, tables, etc. are still
> available here:
> https://metrics.torproject.org/
> The new text with sample graphs and the glossary are here, conveniently
> packaged into a single HTML page:
> https://people.torproject.org/~karsten/volatile/metrics.html
> I'd be happy for any suggestions here or off-list, either as comments,
> patches, or edited HTML files.  Whatever works best for you works for me.
> I'll update the .html file whenever I include suggestions.  I hope to
> put the new text on the real Tor Metrics next week.
> Thanks in advance, much appreciated!  In fact, I'm pretty sure that all
> future visitors of Tor Metrics will appreciate your efforts.
> All the best,
> Karsten
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