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

From: Timothy Brownawell
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] [offtopic] Google Analytics for monotone's website
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 21:12:03 -0600

On Mon, 2008-02-25 at 23:00 +0100, Thomas Keller wrote:
> 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.

What does it provide that would be useful to us that a normal
logfile-based statistics program can't/doesn't?

> 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.

Also that it can be slow sometimes (I recently put it in my adblock list
because it was making pages take longer to load), and may be a privacy


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