[tor-relays] don't worry (to much) if your relay is loosing the guard flag
BM-2D8wMEVgGVY76je1WXNPfo8SrpZt5yGHES at bitmessage.ch
Thu Jul 31 21:23:07 UTC 2014
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I guess it makes sense to make this change a bit more visible on the
tor-relays mailing list since relay ops will notice the change
eventually and not everyone is reading changelogs closely.
A lot of relays will loose their guard flag (and probably see less
traffic?) once enough dir auths  upgraded to 0.2.5.6-alpha.
For the background see the changelog :
>> o Minor features: - Authorities now assign the Guard flag to the
>> fastest 25% of the network (it used to be the fastest 50%). Also
>> raise the consensus weight that guarantees the Guard flag from
>> 250 to 2000. For the current network, this results in about 1100
>> guards, down from 2500. This step paves the way for moving the
>> number of entry guards down to 1 (proposal 236) while still
>> providing reasonable expected performance for most users.
>> Implements ticket 12690.
It will be interesting to follow the metrics graphs during that
I.e. will the guard bw history go down or will the remaining relays
handle the same amount of traffic without any difference? (and similar
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