Forum:Replacing the sitemeter
Hello! I am proposing that we implement a HiStats traffic counter to replace the current sitemeter. From looking over the features of HiStats, I am convinced that it is a superior product. While Sitemeter shows hourly and daily traffic stats and some other basic stuff, HiStats takes it a step further. We can get traffic stats for individual pages, see the most common browsers and screen resolution, referring sites, bounce times, and tons of other cool things nobody will care about besides me. More importantly, nearly all of it would be public -- unlike sitemeter where everything had to be updated by Az. We could also put a starting value on the counter so we don't lose our current stats from January 2011.
I would also like it if we didn't display the traffic counter anymore. It's not for people to see how well we're doing, it's for us to drill down into the data. With HiStats, we'll actually be able to do that. So we'd either use CSS to hide the script or use a lil' image that nobody could see.
- Three steps to be taken
- Create HiStats account and set viewing to public
- Remove MediaWiki:Common.js/sitemeter.js and replace it with appropriate HiStats script.
- And, uhh, what’s the third one there, let’s see...EPA? No. I can’t -- the third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.
- The code is ready for use on RSW, if this passes. Hair 04:03, November 11, 2012 (UTC)
Support - pls. Hair 03:43, November 11, 2012 (UTC)
Support - This is even more important than Ohio. MolMan 03:44, November 11, 2012 (UTC)
Support - Brilliant. What about stats pre-2011?06:29, November 11, 2012 (UTC)
- Unless Az can get them, we're kinda stuck... like we have been... Relating to the current page views though, creating a new site on histats, you can only start with 10,000,000 so I had to stick with that. Hair 06:34, November 11, 2012 (UTC)
- Huh? 10:08, November 12, 2012 (UTC)
Kinda support - I'm okay with sitemeter being replaced, but I worry about the IP tracking feature... I remember it was an issue back then when sitemeter was first started, but times might have changed. You see, with histats, anyone (public) can access/know IP information of anyone accessing the wiki, since you can track individual visitors for each page... unless a user is unregistered, isn't the IP address private information?
So, the question I have is: can this IP tracking feature be deactivated? (For me, histats.com is automatically blocked through an ad-blocking extension... so I don't know how it might work...)10:08, November 12, 2012 (UTC)
- Yes, each individual tab can be blocked if specified. If it isn't blocked though, then half of the address is blocked to the public eye ( such as this). I don't find it much of a problem as that won't really give out much of your information. So, it just matters if we want to keep tabs with IP addresses unblocked or block them, if this does pass. Hair 13:17, November 12, 2012 (UTC)
Support - Sitemeter is basic and this replacement should be good for the wiki, or at least certain users, to learn what the userbase is choosing to read or how they read the article. While I am not against the removal of the counter on all pages, I'd like their to be a project page for the tracking data like RuneScape:Traffic or at least a link from somewhere logical. One of the things that you, Cook Me Plox, used to do with tracking queries on the wiki with Sitemeter, I wonder if this can be done through this new service. Ryan PM 02:30, November 13, 2012 (UTC)
Closed - HiStats will be implemented as a replacement for Sitemeter.
03:59, November 21, 2012 (UTC)