[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies #2

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 18:15:06 UTC 2009

I can understand your frustration, Peter, but perhaps hu.wp could also have
taken a more collaborative approach. If you would like to use a method for
collecting statistics that others will view as violating the privacy policy,
or as presenting risks normally not considered throughout the rest of the
Wikimedia community of projects, then you should propose your method for
consideration prior to simply implementing it. As you note ("some steps
taken (again)") this has happened before, so some consultation with the rest
of the community before going out on a limb is advised.

Others have since discussed more centralised and secure methods for
providing these statistics via the WMF - this is the ideal outcome, and one
that might have been achieved earlier had you proposed your method rather
than simply going ahead alone.


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