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Old 09-17-2013, 05:14 PM   #76
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Counts Interest not Use

Originally Posted by canadensis View Post
But you may be right, I thought that Distrowatch counted hits on each distro website. Is that incorrect?
@canadensis DistroWatch just counts pageviews on their site about a distribution. It ranks curiosity about a distro rather than use of a distro.

My understanding of is that it counts the number of times its page about a distribution is viewed. For example the Slackware page is DistroWatch couldn't know about the page views of individual distribution web sites ( unless the sites were viewed from DistoWatch or each distro web site installed a counter accessible by DistroWatch.

DistroWatch explains their statistics here.

The misunderstanding regarding the DistroWatch statistics will NEVER end.


It's interesting to note that on DistroWatch in 2002 there were 200+ HPD (Hits per Day) for Slackware and Slackware was 7th on their list. Recently there have been twice that number 400+ HPD and Slackware is 23rd on the list. Curiosity about Slackware is increasing but not as fast as other distros.

EDIT: Slow typist. Others already explained to canadensis.

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Old 09-17-2013, 05:15 PM   #77
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I stand corrected, thanks all.
I take it all back, Arch!
Old 09-17-2013, 05:21 PM   #78
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So the positive feedback in the system makes these statistics pretty questionable. People visiting Distrowatch are more likely to click on the distributions at the top of the list, meaning that those distributions stay at the top of the list attracting more clicks, etc. Distrowatch does not claim to correct for this bias.
Old 09-18-2013, 01:01 AM   #79
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Indeed that is a problem but it is also broken in multiple other ways, e.g. the distros themselves are not counted the same way.
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It would appear the DistroWatch page hit ranking (for what little it matters) went up a bit overnight...
Old 09-19-2013, 12:31 AM   #81
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The hits per day are updated,
The tables are updated daily at around 30 minutes past midnight GMT.

That would be 6:30pm CDT?

There might be a bigger jump tomorrow.


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