[thelist] disabled javascript

Peter-Paul Koch gassinaumasis at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 6 05:16:01 CST 2002

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> > From: Peter-Paul Koch
> >
> > > > The percentage of users that have it disabled is
> > > > next to nil (probably less than 1%),
> > >
> > > http://www.thecounter.com/stats/2002/March/javas.php
> > > says it's more like > 12%
> >
> > But that counts all spider visits. Spiders don't support
> > JavaScript.
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>spiders also don't make image requests either so it's doubtful they're
>actually affecting the stats for thecounter.com since they do their
>tracking with the loading of an image.  in other words, that 12% is
>probably all browser-usage.

Hmmm...a good argument. Could you please stop ruining my theories <g>.

On the other hand, as already stated some spiders (mainly Google, I suppose)
do download images for caching purposes. I don't know if Google spiders
would account for 12% of the hits (seems like a bit too much), but the 12%
does certainly include some spiders.

That said, we're back where we started: the noscript percentages of counter
programs include a fair number of spiders, but it's impossible to say how
many. Less than I thought at first (I assumed that almost all of the 12%
were spiders), but they do have some impact on the stats.


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