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From Emilian Bold <emilian.b...@gmail.com>
Subject What kind of metrics / telemetry is an Apache project allowed to record?
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:56:08 GMT

We have very little metrics from ASF for Apache JMeter and the best
source seems to be a 3rd party site that has a popular plugin portal
and records more information.

This is a pretty sad state of affairs:

* downloads are not counted very accurately. I discovered there are
some text logs on http://www-us.apache.org/dyn/stats/ but these are
very approximate and the mirrors send no logs back to Apache for
centralisation or such.

* website logs are on-demand only. I see the ASF does use Google
Analytics as per
https://www.apache.org/foundation/policies/privacy.html but individual
projects don't (can't?) so we only have server logs(?)

It would be interesting to

* record version information, operating system, popular plugins ourselves

* allow users to send an error "to us" when it happens (error reporting).

So, what kind of privacy policy must we follow for such a feature and
how can INFRA help us with a server to receive these messages?

Having more info about the current state and the trend of our user
base would allow some better planning since everybody is

Having this info under our control would allow us to actually follow a
given privacy policy instead of relying on a 3rd party site that does
not even *have* a privacy policy.

Some of these questions apply to Apache NetBeans too, as we have a
very nice error reporting mechanism there with a custom server backend
for detecting duplicates, statistics and such.


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