[pydotorg-www] Analytics

Michael Foord mfoord at python.org
Sun Apr 25 20:26:56 CEST 2010

On 25/04/2010 19:22, Paul Boddie wrote:
> On Sunday 25 April 2010 19:17:08 Ethan Schoonover wrote:
>> My impression of Google Analytics has been very positive from both a
>> utility and privacy perspective.
>> See the recent opt-out announcement, for instance:
> http://analytics.blogspot.com/2010/03/more-choice-for-users-browser-based-opt.html
> I would usually leave it to Aahz to voice objections about Google, but it's a
> matter of control as well as privacy. But with regard to privacy, the mere
> promise of "opt out" (plus comments from people who feel that this is a bad
> thing because they want to know as much as possible about everyone) does not
> make privacy concerns disappear.

Right - but I *still* haven't heard a rational explanation of why there 
are privacy concerns with using google analytics. Plus if people really 
are *that* concerned (what proportion of our userbase is this likely to 
be?) then there are simple solutions for them to block analytics in 
their browser without having to do anything special for python.org.

In other words I think using google analytics for Python.org would be 
fine *if* we wanted that level of detail (if no-one is going to use the 
information then it isn't worth it) - so long as it doesn't impact page 
load time (which I believe to be the case now).

If google analytics is the *right* technical solution for a problem then 
we should use it.

All the best,

Michael Foord


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