This adventure has gotten me to exploring the Q Guides, FAQ's, TOS, and so forth. They repeatedly say it's free. I'm thinking of quantifying my website. It would crack me up to sit back and admire my US ranking of 417,265,879.
Anyone know of any reasons to not get tangled up with Quantcast?
"We" had already discovered and noted this earlier in the thread, thus my indicated migration away from scenario "C"
What with Q not asking for my email address, I didn't expect a reply. The content of the question itself was a notification to Q that something was amiss with HubPages' traffic tracking. Thus, Quantcast has indeed been sent a glitch note.
HubPages HQ has also been sent a glitch note, since that is the specified purpose of this forum thread category.
Meanwhile, Day 5 of no data and none of the principals are talking...
Yep, this occurred to me as well. But then I wondered why didn't HP just flick on the hide-data switch instead?
I had another thought after I went to bed last night. Europe continues to be throwing privacy-issue hissy fits all over the place. And not just your average hissy fits, we are talking multiple lawsuit-level hissy fits. Haven't heard of any outright website banishment/blocking yet.
Having Quantcast tracking code on one's website may not be that good of an idea these days. Maybe HubPages didn't want to end up as collateral damage as things escalate further.
Or maybe it's just the issue of being too much of a pain in the neck and too off-putting to the visitor to comply with the additional reader privacy notifications required when Quantcast tracking tags are being used.
I pointed out to Weebly that they were not compliant with the EU regulations on data privacy (hardly something to term as warranting a "hissy fit"!) as they too have Quantcast codes on their sites
They pooh-poohed my suggestion that they introduced some code - as required by the LAW that warned people about tracking codes.
A few months later the warning about cookies appeared up top when sites were visited.
I think they saw the light.
If HubPages aare concerned about getting caught out by EU law then it should introduce the code - in exactly the same way as all major sites have done.
I'm guessing anybody living outside the EU does not see the cookies warning banner. However I do and I know precisely which sites have and have not paid attention to the law of the countries where they want to publish their websites.
Major sites were slow but they're all catching up now.
This is another post which has correctly been posted in the official help forum where it would be nice to get an answer from HubPages staff. The problems are concerning enough, but the lack of response adds to the worries.
Odd things happening to company websites have in the past often been attributed to somebody becoming an ex member of staff - and pulling the plug on the way out the building!
I remember a very funny example where a company fired somebody - as part of a round of redundancies - and forgot that he had complete control of their Twitter account. That one went viral........ I think a few companies learned a few lessons from that one!
So who knows - maybe there's only one person who knows what to do with the Quantcast code - and where it is / should be?
Perhaps HP no longer feels like giving a third-party and the public access to its traffic stats. All they want to know about traffic can be extracted from server logs. And if they want more information about users' habits they can develop their own pernicious, evil cookies in-house.
I don't think it's worth worrying about since we know HP is getting more than 0 hits per day. Like every technical problem here, it'll get solved eventually, but not soon. It's not out of the realm of possibility that HP switched to a private, paid, self-hosted non-web-based stats program. Something like Mint maybe. Website owners don't have to feed big data machines like Quantcast and Google Analytics.
. I wish HP would at least confirm they are indeed removing all the Q tracking tags. They certainly don't have to tell us why. In fact, Q TOS may even be preventing them from publicly explaining their reasons.
Meanwhile, I looked at January 28th data. They're getting closer, but they still haven't ferreted them all out yet. Understandable, there's 7 to 8 years worth of treacle they have to plow through.
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