[pydotorg-www] Analytics

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Sun Apr 25 18:14:03 CEST 2010

On Sunday 25 April 2010 16:02:54 Michael Foord wrote:
> On 25/04/2010 14:56, A.M. Kuchling wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 12:53:29PM +0300, anatoly techtonik wrote:
> >> P.S. Is there any web stats for pydotorg like browser/country/etc?
> >
> > http://www.python.org/webstats/ ; most other python.org web servers
> > also have /webstats/ subdirectories.
> >
> > Does Debian include other logfile analysis software that produces more
> > useful results?  We could certainly switch to a different package.
> I like awstats - but it is not fundamentally very different from
> webalizer. (Just slightly prettier / more useful output in my opinion.)

My experience, from having to install such software at work (albeit for an FTP 
site), was that The Webalizer was a lot more sane to install than AWStats, 
documentation for the latter just being plain awful. It almost tempted me to 
write my own log analysis software in Python.


> I'm not aware of any genuine privacy concerns raised by the use of
> google analytics. If anyone wants to prevent their browsing being
> recorded by google analytics (or other similar services) they will
> already block it or have switched off javascript altogether.

For the EuroPython sites, I was very much against Google Analytics: not only 
does (or did) it seem to slow down the loading of sites, effectively pausing 
the loading of content, but the matter of analysis was obviously tied to 
Google. I don't think it should be the aim of python.org to be yet another 
site for which people need to start blocking scripts and content in order for 
it to support a comfortable browsing experience.


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