--- Tony Sidaway <minorityreport(a)bluebottle.com> wrote:
We do not know WHO read the encyclopedia.
When I was at the Grauniad we commissioned a company to come and
the site, for a period of some weeks, a pop-up survey that was seen
randomly selected subset of users, who then would have the option
filling it in.
You can also learn a certain amount by looking at web server logs.
Country of origin, ISP, and some information about the software
to browse. Also Referer (where Wikipedia is reached as a result of
external link on another website.) With tracker cookies (a form of
spyware) you may also find out which other sites are being visited.
benign use of this latter technique would be an in-house
tracker that would record the Wikipedia sister sites that have been
visited by a user. This latter technical information wouldn't tell
about our users so much as how Wikipedia was being used. How much
from academia, how much from school networks, how much from
countries and different ISPs, and so on.
Way too much personal information in there man.
I say we put a feedback/kudos form or a guestbook or something like
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