Monday, February 03, 2014

The Stats "Don't track ..." Option Does Not Work, For Everybody

Problems with the Stats "Don't track ..." option, in general, are not new.

Ever since Blogger added that option to Stats, years ago, it's been a problem for some blog owners. Sometimes, the problem is individual, other times (as this year) the problems are seen by more people.

The most common problems with the "Don't track" option, when selected by the blog owners, involve cookies, hosted by various browsers - and interpreted by Blogger scripts. Cookies and scripts are misunderstood features in Internet life.

Some countries require websites, published by their citizens, to display disclaimers, warning readers that "This website drops cookies onto your computer!" - as if cookies are are part of an evil plot.

Every security feature or product, installed in a browser or on a computer, contains some cookie and script filters.

Every security feature or product is subject to updates, by the provider. Some security features and products update automatically, without consent of the computer owner.

Whenever Blogger code is changed, we see reports of problems from some filter, that's part of some security product, located on various computers. Sometimes, the security products, updated automatically, detect problems with Blogger code - without any changes having been made by Blogger.

There are hundreds (possibly, thousands) of different security products - each provided by a different company, and each updating their filters separately from the others.

The problem is complicated by various details.
In the Blogger Help Forum Rollup topic, we encourage people to provide details about their problems with the "Don't track" feature in their browsers - so Blogger Engineering can see enough details, and develop a solution to mitigate the problems.

It's not a given, unfortunately, that Blogger will be able to make any one change, to make this problem go away - immediately, permanently, or universally. Please consider the epidemiology and history of Blogger problems, in general.

If you are here because you have a problem with Stats "Don't track", and you have not yet provided details about your problem, please help us to help you and provide your details, in the main topic, "[Problem Rollup] Stats "don't track your own pageviews" option again produces error".

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1 comment:

Perpetua said...

I've yet to have "Don't Track" work for me on either of my computers or with either browser, even though I allow 3rd party cookies. I hust use StatCounter. :-)