@Josh - Perhaps I was remiss in not hashing out my own thoughts before posting, but in my defense, the reason I tend to err on that side is something like this...
- Start out with a pen and ink sketch of an "idea."
- Post it and the "idea" gets splashed with colors with that never even entered my imagination.
- Re-draw the "idea" in color.
Sometimes things get messy a little, in the mean time, but with all the new "colors" that were not previously available the "idea" takes on a new life, even in my own perception. You folks always help me see a little clearer with each thread and ,frankly, I think I'm becoming a better person because of it.
Please don't consider my comments to be a stamp of no on the subject, I just don't feel that resources should be spent on it. I am not the final say. I just think that keeping track of each guest would be rather wasteful as you have no idea who the person is, where they are, or what their background is. If you had that data, then it COULD be useful from a demographic standpoint, but without it you are just staring at a guest browsing that hasn't registered.
Isn't this what every retail store has to deal with? Do they not have to contend with "Guests" coming into their store? $$Millions$$ are spent in an effort to learn where "Guests" go, but DC doesn't have $$Millions$$. Unless Mouser has been holding back?
(See my comment to Mouser at bottom.)
I could be wrong, but I feel these resources could be devoted to more useful features that would benefit a wider audience for the site such as selective filtering of posts per user, etc.
That is certainly a higher priority.
hi ct, good to see you back.
ps. take a look at that symbol under Josh's name -- that's one of the choose-your-own-badges, which was an idea you suggested over a year ago that was recently implemented
Thank you for the flowers!
as for this idea.. it would actually be very easy to show a number next to each guest corresponding to a hash of their ip.. so it's not much trouble -- as admin it shows me the ips directly so i can see patterns if i were to look for it, though ive never bothered.
i can see how it would theoretically be interesting but I'm not sure it would be so in practice.
Actually, having just let it set on the back-burner for a day some clarity emerged. It's still not major, but the statistic it could show is patterns of what part(s) of DC do people gravitate initially when they first arrive. Like I said, not earth-shattering, but interesting (at least to me).