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Re: Unverifiable Transactions / Cookie draft

From: M. Hedlund <hedlund@best.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 09:34:16 -0800 (PST)
To: Dwight Merriman <dmerriman@doubleclick.net>
Cc: http <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com>, dmk@allegra.att.com, montulli@netscape.com, yarong@microsoft.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SGI.3.95.970317092707.12381C-100000@shellx.best.com>

On Mon, 17 Mar 1997, Dwight Merriman wrote:
> Designers of web sites (at least the large percentage who will advertise on
> the web) will have to take into account that cookie assignments on their
> home page may fail a large percentage of the time.  If they wish to measure
> number of unique visitors to their site, they will get a highly inaccurate
> reading since often multiple cookies will be assignied to a single user
> before one "sticks".

This is reportedly already the case to due to faulty proxies.  I believe
Hotwired keeps an extensive database of which proxies fail to properly
pass-through cookie assignments as a result.

My point is simply that other system faults already require the complexity
you mention.

M. Hedlund <hedlund@best.com>
Received on Monday, 17 March 1997 10:23:07 EST

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