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Old March 19, 2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Google Analytics

When did TFL begin use of this tracker? Although I block it, I still hate to see it.
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Old March 19, 2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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Please explain what you mean when you say TFL is using this tracker.
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Old March 20, 2010, 12:48 AM   #3
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He's probably referring to this code segment
Code:
<!-- google analytics added by tyme 2010-02-26 -->
<script type="text/javascript">
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));
</script>

<script type="text/javascript">
try {
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-9187093-3");
pageTracker._trackPageview();
} catch(err) {}</script>
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Old March 20, 2010, 01:02 AM   #4
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they prob sell that to advertisers, if we are being tracked.
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Old March 20, 2010, 01:10 AM   #5
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And what advertisers would those be?

Are you talking about the popup windows you keep getting on TFL?

Perhaps the numerous banner and sidebar ads?

Maybe the prominently displayed and well-populated list of site sponsors?

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Old March 20, 2010, 01:17 AM   #6
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Google Analytics is a way for webmasters to measure traffic and traffic patterns on their site. It's not a big deal.
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Old March 20, 2010, 11:19 AM   #7
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If you're simply concerned about GA in and of itself, you're free to block it. However, half the intarwebz uses GA so I don't understand why you're heaping scorn on TFL specifically. GA-tracked sites include such hives of scum and villainy as:
As for "why GA?" it's something of an experiment. TFL runs a local web log analyzer too, but awstats' cgi interface is slow as crap. And, if awstats breaks for some reason, GA provides backup stats even if they're less accurate. And multiple statistics data sources are always better than one.

So, can we please dispense with the "OMG TFL is polluting our precious bodily fluids" hysteria?

Oh, and cfiben, TFL staff have been selling TFL's traffic stats to George Soros and Nancy Pelosi and the Brady Bunch for years. Why on Earth would second-hand aggregate statistics like the ones from GA be preferable to raw statistics right out of the server logs? The point is, traffic stats are there to be sold to anti-gun wackos and 3rd world country dictators and downtrodden revolutionaries*, even without GA javascript there to alert you to the nefarious plot. GA is completely irrelevant to those concerns.

* You read that right. Expect advertisements for FARC-EP and Shining Path, not to mention exiled Nigerian royalty with hundreds of millions to move offshore with your help, to appear on TFL RSN.
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Old March 20, 2010, 11:43 AM   #8
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So, can we please dispense with the "OMG TFL is polluting our precious bodily fluids" hysteria?
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