Don’t Count On It


August 7, 2017

Many thanks to webmaster Dave Burleigh, CEO of Annexa Inc. of Arizona, U. S. A., who does all this work voluntarily. Annexa Inc. is the host company of The work has paid off spectacularly, creating a cast worldwide impact. The x factor Comparative Table shows this beyond reasonable doubt.”

The people at Webalyzer offer a handy “Simpletons Guide to Web Server Analysis”:

It makes for interesting reading: 

“It should now be obvious that there are only certain things you can determine from a web server log. There are some completely accurate numbers you can generate without question. And then, there are some wildly inaccurate and misleading numbers you can garner depending on what assumptions you make. Want to know how many requests generated a 404 (not found) result? Go right ahead and count them up and be completely confident with the number you get. Want to know how many ‘users’ visited your web site? Good luck with that one.. unless you go ‘outside the logs’, it will be a hit or miss stab in the dark. But now you should have a good idea of what is and isn’t possible, so when you look at your usage report, you will be able to determine what the numbers mean and how much to trust them. “


4 Responses to “Don’t Count On It”

  1. Interested Observer Says:

    Ron’s ‘Comparative Impact Table’ published a few days ago makes interesting reading. He lists various academic websites and their pageviews per month, based on estimates made by Ron claims over 106,000 pageviews per month for his own sites, yet strangely indicates that he receives a paltry 3,240 per month – far fewer than most of the other sites he lists. Either Statshow has massively under-estimated the traffic to his website (in which case it seems safe to assume that such an under-estimate applies also to the comparator websites), OR Ron’s own figures are massively inflated. I wonder which it could be?

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      Given that nobody who matters knows about Ron, the answer is obvious. If only he were well known; the academic backlash would soon get his Civil List Pension removed.

  2. Interested Observer Says:

    PS Imagine for a moment that the average university website was not a repository of contact details, staff biographies and course information, as at present, but contained every paper ever published by every member of staff. In addition, imagine that journals had never been invented, and that university websites were the *only* place one could go to look at original research. How do you think the ‘Comparative Impact Table’ would look then, under an actual fair comparison?

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