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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [WWW] Web analytics
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:18:24 GMT
On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM, Marcus (OOo) <> wrote:
> Am 08/12/2011 11:01 PM, schrieb Rob Weir:
>> On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Simon Phipps<>  wrote:
>>> On 12 Aug 2011, at 21:14, Eike Rathke wrote:
>>>> So first question is: analytics yes or no, which affects also the
>>>> Privacy Policy.
>>> I suggest the right question is "which project members need which data
>>> and why". The answer today may well be "none", since we don't actually have
>>> any resources to visit yet. This is also likely to change over time, and
>>> we'll need to add analytics as and when people request (and justify)
>>> according to their specific needs and remove them when they're no longer
>>> justified.
>>> I suggest we resist the idea of capturing bulk analytics "just because",
>>> and instead devise a lightweight process for justifying and requesting
>>> collection of data. I'd guess there is already a process to copy somewhere
>>> in Apache - any mentors with suggestions where to look?
>> I see that tracking code is used with the websites of most of the
>> groups you are affiliated with:  LibreOffice (Piwik), ForgeRock
>> (Google Analytics, including in the community pages) and OSI  (Google
>> Analytics).  And as was mentioned before, uses Google
>> Analytics currently.
> Really, your agrumentation is somewhat strange. Sometimes it's "we are now
> at a new home, so we have to do it different" and sometimes "in the old home
> it was done this way, so let's keep it this way". How do you decide what to
> prefer?

I try to make the best recommendation in each case.  I don't think we
should avoid past practice just for the sake of it, but neither should
we be tied to the past.  We should make the best choice given the
opportunities available to us today.

> Marcus
>> Have you given them similar advice?  Or is there something special
>> about OpenOffice at Apache that suggests that we should not be
>> optimizing our website based on visitor stats like others, including
>> LibreOffice, are?
>> -Rob
>>> S.

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