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Re: "Hits" pragma

From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 1995 06:49:11 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.LNX.3.91.950818063945.5352A-100000@ns.Viet.NET>
On Tue, 15 Aug 1995, Marc Hedlund wrote:

> I definitely don't agree that most server administrators feel this way.  I
> maintain a CGI-FAQ, and *the* single most FAQ is "how can I put a counter
> on my page?"  Obviously this is anecdotal, but my conclusion is that many
> people who provide information to the web are *very* interested in exactly
> how many times their pages are accessed.  On a per-page basis, no less, and
> graphically displayed to every new visitor.

You have to distinguish between admins and users here. As webmaster of 
several sites, I can tell you that the demand (in my experience) is not 
the admins (who often dislike counter scripts because of the system overhead 
they represent) but the users who want the "coolness" of one on their 
page or because their admin doesn't make public whole server stats; and 
counters are the users only chance to have *any* idea of how popular 
their page is, or if anyone has even looked at it. 

It always makes users nervous when they don't get feedback on a computer 
process. This is why all popular computer programs include 'progress 
indicators'. They do absolutely nothing for the functionality of the 
program - but they keep the users from rebooting the computer because 
they think it might have froze. 'Counters' are just another 'progress 

Benjamin Franz
Received on Friday, 18 August 1995 09:37:28 UTC

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