In addition to privacy issues, we want to give as little reason as possible for spammers
to post links on Wikimedia sites and give them as little information as possible about how
to design effective spam links. Providing data about the effectiveness of external links
could benefit spammers.
There may be a way to make exceptions for providing aggregated data for a whitelist of
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:57:17 +0000
From: Magnus Manske <magnusmanske(a)googlemail.com>
To: "A mailing list for the Analytics Team at WMF and everybody who
has an interest in Wikipedia and analytics."
Cc: Strainu <strainu10(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Analytics] [Wikitech-l] Exit stats?
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collecting anonymized clicks to external links on image pages, in an
attempt to give some stats to the GLAM community. That would fire off basic
data like time, page, and target URL to a toolserver logging script. Volume
was low enough, but I had to turn it off due to privacy paranoia soon after.