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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: View count
Subject description: Just a friendly question or two
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I realised this when I read a post by someone who noticed that 74 had read his posts but none had replied.

Could something be done about the view count? Is it useful as it is? I check it every now and then, only to realise that duh this isn't real people. While I would love to think that 70 persons jumped at my post about implementing rabbit bazookas in ChucK the instant I posted it, I know that that is a lie - it's probably almost all bots.

I'd love to know the amount of real people who read posts, but I realize that this is probably impossible to calculate for all users, so is it possible to show the amount of registered users who read posts, either instead of the existing view count or in addition?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Most forum software will try to filter out bot traffic from its reports, but I don't know how good this version of phpbb is at doing it. If it is up to date, then it is probably about as good as you are going to get.

Only counting registered user could be done with a bit of modification, but that number would be even less useful. I access the site on 2 different computers and my cell, and I am often not logged in until I post something. So you will then end up with a very low read count.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm number 15 viewing this post
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tell me the bots Shocked

I mean, what IP addresses are bots, now, and which ones tomorrow?

Adding filtering would be pretty useless if not maintained - maybe a better option would be to leave out the view counts Laughing

I was 17 and now I'm 21 or so - a couple of edits counts up as well ...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ok ok, I hear ya. I just feel that the view count number doesn't work very well, I guess there's nothing to be done about it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

http://www.robotstxt.org/ Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ah ok, could do it with the user-agent maybe.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

[Q] wrote:
http://www.robotstxt.org/ Confused

You have to be careful with robots.txt. You don't want search engines to stop indexing pages. This site ranks awesome in google right now.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Where do you see the number of views per post?
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