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

From: Thomas Keller
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] [offtopic] Google Analytics for monotone's website
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 09:59:41 +0100
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Timothy Brownawell schrieb:
> On Mon, 2008-02-25 at 23:00 +0100, Thomas Keller wrote:
>> 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?

It filters bots more effectively, the statistics are more extensive (geo
targeting, f.e.) and the UI is very catchy.

>> 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
> concern.

Ok, after having received three mostly negative answers, I'll drop the
idea ;)


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