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[Monotone-devel] [offtopic] Google Analytics for monotone's website

From: Thomas Keller
Subject: [Monotone-devel] [offtopic] Google Analytics for monotone's website
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 23:00:08 +0100
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Hi all!

I recently had some time to play with Google Analytics which is a free statistics service with a lot of cool features [0] - so I wonder if we want this for our web pages as well?

Since it is a remote service it cannot not take its information from the server logs, but uses a tiny Javascript snippet which needs to be embedded on each web page that should be tracked. In case we want to do that, it would certainly be useful to have some SSI similar technique setup server-side to automatically add this snippet to any text/html content.

There are two downsides, though: The first is that only HTML contents can be tracked, but not individually downloaded files, since Google only notices those contents from which the Javascript code is executed, so afaik its not possible to generate download statistics through that [1]. The other downside is that the statistics are not publically viewable by everybody unless he or she is added to the account either as "administator" (full access) or "user" (read-only). The user has to give an email for which a Google account is registered to one of the other administrators to be added.

Now I can probably set this thing up within a few, so its more a question now if people want this setup or not.


[1] I think there are better ways to track these things anyways, f.e. for guitone I've created a little count script which takes a parametricized URL and therefor can be used to target individual referer linkage - the stats then look like this:

GPG-Key 0x160D1092 | address@hidden |
Please note that according to the EU law on data retention, information
on every electronic information exchange might be retained for a period
of six months or longer:

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