I find web analytics invaluable. The insight I get from basic statistics (things like page view counts, referrers, and countries of origin) helps me understand which posts work and which do not. Knowing that my posts are broadly read is what keeps me motivated to write new content. For this reason, this site will continue to have web analytics. However, you do have a choice in how this impacts you.
The tracker on this site collects the following information:
- The page you are visiting so that I can know which pages are popular and which aren’t.
- The site you came from (referrer) so that I can engage in conversations that happen around the web.
- Your user agent so that I can tune the visual appearance of the site.
- Your country, based on your IP, so that I know how “far” each post has reached and whether translations are worthwhile.
- A client-specific ID so that I know how you navigate the site and whether you come back in the future or not. This is implemented by a randomly-generated cookie that is stored in your browser and that is used exclusively within this domain.
Most of this information is captured by every web server on the Internet unconditionally. The exception is the persistent, client-specific ID, used to correlate page views. This is currently used to collect the information above, but will also be used in the future to implement anonymous page votes. For these reasons, and given that this ID is not used to track your navigation patterns across the web, I think it strives a good balance between usability and privacy. As a result, I’d appreciate it if you accepted the use of these cookies.
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