[nycbug-talk] FreeBSD & Google Analytics

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Mon Dec 10 22:53:14 EST 2012

On 12/10/12 21:59, Glen Barber wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 09:37:05PM -0500, George Rosamond wrote:
>> On 12/10/12 21:26, Glen Barber wrote:
>>> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 09:20:28PM -0500, George Rosamond wrote:
>>>> BTW, NetBSD.org also uses Google Analytics, for those who still care
>>>> about the original thread.
>>> As does Postgresql.org.
>> And Ubuntu puts spyware in their OS.
>> Let's all rush off the cliff!
>> I think many of us are in BSD land since we don't follow supposed
>> "common wisdom."
> My point is, how many postgresql.org users or netbsd.org users are
> complaining?

Don't know, but not sure it should be judged by who else cares.

> If anyone bothers to look....  I wish I had their free time.
> IMHO, the response to the enabling of Google Analytics on FreeBSD.org is
> equivalent to saying "I don't have a credit card, because my credit card
> company may know what I'm purchasing."

But you wouldn't necessarily volunteer that information if you had a 
choice, would you?

Especially when it's on behalf of your web site users.

Or should we just play join the "chocolate for your passwd" game?

And if you're going to be transparent about it, why not put up a splash 
page warning those who hit freebsd.org that they *should* disable 
javascript if they don't want to be tracked by a third party?  How about 

Maybe I'm misreading it, but I wonder if the EU decisions related to GA 
are going to set other precedents.


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