On 12 Jun 2006, at 22:22, Stephen Shirley wrote:
> Niall O Broin wrote:
>> Ah, you've subscribed to the fiction that people can be "on" a
>> site at a particular point in time. HTTP is a stateless protocol -
>> fetch a page, and you get it or you don't - there is NO on,
>> despite what those selling statistics will tell you. But ignore me
>> - you just pushed one of my buttons there.
>> Interesting. You might want to explain that to the cgi:irc folks.
Oh, there's a metric shitload of ways of simulating state in systems
using HTTP, with the wonderful Web 2.0 making great use of same. What
particularly sticks in my craw is those web stats tools which claim
to be able to say that a user spent X minutes "on" your web site.
However, I'm enough of a pragmatist to recognise that this, like the
meaning of hacker, is a lost battle.
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