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On a Wiki (or any site, really), HitCounts
track the number of visits to (actually, "fetches of") any page (or atomic hypercontent) on the Wiki.
This is useful to track VisitorWeights. It's another way of knowing what people are interested in, so you know what to read yourself.
For example, Wiki:TopTen.
I think increasing the energy of the system isn't as interesting as increasing the quality (value) of the system. I view the hit counts as a means to track the reader interest of the system; as feedback to know what is valued and what isn't. -- SunirShah
I've implemented this feature for this wiki at http://sunir.org/apps/visits.pl. The source code is available at http://sunir.org/src/meatball/IndexingSchemes. -- SunirShah
Script to do
- [February 26, 2002] Use the more efficient log fetch.
- [February 24, 2001] Upgraded to new Standard.pm module. Fixed the bug where the "total visits" on unique=1 merely summed the counts of the list instead of tracking actual unique visits. Also, I deleted most of the older logs. I had 44MB of logs cached on sunir.org. Currently only history from 2001 is kept.
- [August 28, 2000] Fixed the caching code.
- [August 19, 2000] Scan the cache directory for available logs and use those if usemod.com has deleted them.
- [August 10, 2000] Completed:
- Cache the log files.
- Add "total."
- [August 9, 2000] Fixed the timezone logic (now that the clock on the server is correct). Now it correctly calculates the seconds since 1 January 1970 00:00 UTC from a localized timestamp.
- Fixed the regex that matched against the logs so it didn't exclude valid entries (from HTTP/1.0 clients). Should be a lot more "hits" now.
- [August 2, 2000] Created.
Another Hit Count implementation of a wiki-based Usemod: [Page counter at UsemodKr]
And Indexing [MostPopular at UsemodKr]
Tracking VisitorWeight and AuthorWeight helps WikiNomics authors and visitors alike to measure efforts, impact and popularity. To hold this information back, creates an unsound asymmetry between Wiki providers and their users. On AboutusOrg it goes without saying that this
information is made transparent as a friendly and PR-relevant act of the provider. By the way, when the author created AuthorWeight, he also remembers having created VisitorWeight, where he asked to use them.