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Stats Referer Spam Moderation Is Collaborative

Some blog owners just do not understand the realities of referer spam moderation.
How can I set my dashboard, to not track pageviews from referring sites like "vampirestat . com"?
Not everybody understands that Stats was not designed for catering to individual preferences, in deciding what statistics should be displayed.

Stats spam moderation was not designed to allow for individuals to decide on what figures to display - or ignore. Like Blogger Comment moderation, Stats is collaborative, fuzzy, and heuristic.

Collaborative systems work best when everybody is subject to the same restrictions. Blogger / Google can best fight referer spam by monitoring all activity, against all blogs, uniformly.

Stats displays show the top 10 entries, in every list.

Some referer spam, like some genuine traffic, is not displayed, simply because at least 10 other traffic sources (bogus or genuine) are displayed.

Since newer blogs, with less established real traffic, are more vulnerable to referer spam, owners of newer blogs are more likely to demand individual filtering options. Owners of more mature blogs, who have devoted more time to publishing their blogs, don't see the spam, and don't worry about filtering it.

If individual blog owners were given the choice of what "traffic sources" should be filtered, for each different blog, they would waste more time examining their Stats displays, recording what sources appear spammy, and updating their filters. This would leave them less time for maintaining and publishing their blogs.

Given this possibility, referer spammers would be encouraged to tune their attacks, and to focus their attentions upon newer blogs, to encourage the newer owners to waste more time maintaining filters. In some cases, this could even enable referer spammers to conduct DOS attacks against blog owners who are naive enough to believe that they can effectively identify and filter referer spam.

With individual blog owners given the ability to individually filter Stats displays, referer spammers would be better able to conduct DOS attacks against innocent, third party blogs and websites.

Like every other righteously needed Blogger enhancement, adding individually maintained Stats filters would make Stats more complex. This would require Blogger Engineering to spend more time developing a feature demanded by a minority of blog owners - and spend less time developing and maintaining other, more essential features.

It does not require too much imagination to suspect the legitimacy of some of the unhappy blog owners.
Why does Blogger not give me the ability to decide, for myself, what traffic sources that I want to monitor?
Some of these might even be the referer spammers, trying to force Blogger Engineering to develop features that, in the long run, would benefit the spammers as much as the blog owners.


Jamie Fredric said…
Ran a test. Had been getting gobs of referral spam from a certain country, then I noticed after a few weeks of not posting anything new to my blog, the stats from that country ceased, completely, zero. The test? Posted a new picture 2-3 days ago. Bamm! That country's garbage has started all over again. So, just by continuing to work on my blog by no means referral spam will stop. It just seems to increase.

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