[pmwiki-users] Google Analytics

Neil Herber nospam at eton.ca
Wed Aug 23 09:56:05 CDT 2006

At 2006-08-22  10:51 PM -0400, Alan Hoyle is rumored to have said:
>I am personally in favor of adding the option to Core as well.  I run
>a few instances of PmWiki and use Google Analytics on a couple of

Initially I thought that this was a non-issue and so said nothing.

Now, however, I have a few worries about the slippery slope that 
inclusion in the core presents. Rather than being a purely 
open-source project, PmWiki will have some components embedded in it 
that are of a commercial nature. There may already be such components 
in PmWiki, but I am not aware of them - so shame on me if they are there.

I know that at least one of my clients would be concerned about 
having Google "code" inside PmWiki even if it is something that needs 
to be switched on by the admin. They have no problems with recipes, 
because they are clearly not part of the basic system and can be 
omitted or inserted as required.

They are not concerned about how users have "found" their sites, 
because for the most part they are closed. If they went to the Google 
page http://www.google.com/analytics/ , the heading that says 
"Integrated with Adwords" would be enough to kill any consideration of PmWiki.

Their views may be minor, but having Google Analytics as a recipe 
would sidestep the issue completely. Most admins (on this list, 
anyway) are using other recipes, so one more should not be a show stopper.

Neil Herber
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