If each time Tor relay is started with a different key pair, would it be a problem for the Tor network to recognize it?

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The relay would be considered 'new' each time. It would never gain the 'stable' flag or gain much consensus weight.
This would neither hurt nor help the network.

  • What if the same machine switches between only two different public keys? That is, does tor consider the mapping of public keys and IP addresses to tell whether a relay is stable, or public key is the only factor that matters?
    – xuhdev
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 1:07
  • Please add the comment as another question. This helps other to find the question and to answer it in a reasonable way.
    – Jens Kubieziel
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 15:04

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