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  • RS 14:59, 25 May 2006 (EDT): A long while back, I proposed using some sort of software to more extensively track visits to the site. Such a tool might enable evaluation of where we need to focus recruitment efforts and which parts of the site are most useful to the OWW community and the world. Jason proposed Google Analytics. However, in surfing around the web, there are some privacy concerns raised by this software. Hence, I wasn't sure that we should use it. Ilya raised the issue once more since he obtained an account on Google Analytics. What do people think? Should we use it? Do the benefits outweigh the privacy issues or not? Also, according to the terms of service, we may need a privacy policy.
  • RS 16:29, 25 May 2006 (EDT): Another option is to purchase analytics software. Thus, we wouldn't be giving our site traffic information to Google.
  • Ilya 18:10, 5 June 2006 (EDT): I don't think we should worry about privacy too much: we are already collecting usage statistics and users' email addresses.
  • Austin 18:36, 5 June 2006 (EDT): do we really want to publish the above link? There could be info in there that shouldn't be made public. Also, if google starts crawling the usage stats, then we'll start getting the usage stats in the usage stats?
  • Sri Kosuri 18:41, 14 June 2006 (EDT): Usage statistics are only open to MIT IP addresses.
  • wjf 09:58, 16 April 2008 (EDT) Per Jason's memo, I've enabled the Google benchmarking analytics reporting for our current account.