Have you ever had feedback such as this RE: Homepage Counters
Although I can see where the writer is coming from, from my end, I like to get a feel for the people accessing my pages. My interests outweigh hers, although I would never reply to her with such.
What are your comments on this. Is there someway, I can reply to her with how she can login to homepages "anonymously"?
>I very much appreciate the work that you have >done in establishing your web site. >But I did want to comment about one particular >item that I would prefer you did *not* include...which >is the view of the identification of the previous >visitors to the site. >I know that it is possible for those who manage >the site to access this info, but in the interests >of net privacy, I can see no compelling reason why >anyone else should have access to this info. >I'd have this opinion no matter what site I visited, >but think this is a particularly important point for >a site that is established to provide medical >information and will certainly be accessed by >patients who might very well prefer that their >visit remain confidential from the other visitors. >If you want to make the point that the site >is being utilized, the inclusion of the number of >hits would be sufficient IMO... >
And, I mention in the documentation "last 20 users" etc, are optional, and for sites that get a lot of traffic, virtually ignored/useless anyway.
You certainly don't have to include "last n users" on your page, and you will still have access to that information - you can type the Counter script url "&20" or "&30" anytime/anywhere, or get to that info from the housekeeping pages.
Of course, the &20 capability ALWAYS exists, even for the end-user, but the user will have to know to manually type in the url&20.
This leads to the point of "anonyminity on the net" - total false sense of security. Too many people know who you are, and where you've been. My program just makes that blatantly obvious --- perhaps TOO blantatly obvious.
I'm with your customer. Yank the "see last 20 users" business from the page, and "save it for yourself" on separate housekeeping pages.