I have been running a relay for a couple of years. Now I see that with my connection bandwidth of 1 Mbit it makes more sense to run a bridge.

I could just convert my relay into a bridge. However, I am concerned that such a bridge will not be accessible from places where Tor is blocked because its IP address might have been blacklisted as running a relay.

Can anyone confirm or disprove this concern from their own experience or knowledge?

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You are correct. Your IP address is tainted and not suitable to host a bridge.
Even if it is not blocked, it is still unsafe to connect to your IP for people who need bridges.

  • Even if I have never ever been a guard?
    – ilya
    Sep 1, 2015 at 21:02

This is not to be concerned seriously : blacklist era is gone with AtGuard :) But you should strongly consider running OBFSproxy on your relay, try obfs3 on 443 port. I'm running a mixed config myself, upgraded to bridge - and it seems that many people are using it. IP haven't been changed, of course

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    Thanks for the reply. Could you pelase elaborate on AtGuard?
    – ilya
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:52
  • @ilya In times of AtGuard you've just had an IP blacklist in dot-txt file, usually, and - just loaded it into the program.
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Jan 19, 2016 at 15:34

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