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Re: Best practice on hit counters

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:18:38 -0600
To: "Green, Necie" <ggreen@tmhs.org>
Message-Id: <9413D6CA-26C0-46F3-BED1-ED8D0C67EB2E@w3.org>
Cc: "'site-comments@w3.org'" <site-comments@w3.org>

On 18 Feb 2011, at 8:51 AM, Green, Necie wrote:

> Hello,
> Iím in search of guidelines for using hit counters on websites. I  
> know this is passť, but I need an authoritative source that I can  
> quote to our customers, to back up our policy on not adding hit  
> counters to our site. Is this information noted on W3C.org? I  
> searched around and couldnít find it but perhaps Iím not looking in  
> the right place. Thanks for your help!

Hello Necie,

Unfortunately, I don't have generic guidance regarding hit counters.  
If the hit counter is to provide information to the site owner, then I  
think you can say that Web logs provide a lot more useful information  
and so they should invest in log analysis.

I'm not sure why users of the site themselves need to know hit counts.


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