Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 19:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Recently we've had a couple of articles and discussions on OSNews about browser statistics. Every now and then someone in the comments will ask what OSNews statitstics are like, and what browsers and operating systems our readers are running. Well, recently we installed a fancy new web site analytics program, Mint. I figured I might as well put it to good use by showing some of the browser and platform statistics we've gathered over the past month.
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Totally inaccurate
by raver31 on Fri 20th Mar 2009 22:01 UTC
raver31
Member since:
2005-07-06

Stats can always be manipulated to say whatever you want, we all know this.

This example is pretty useless, I browse the site on my main machine, and my secondary laptop, and my work machine.

My main machine dual boots between Ubuntu and PC-BSD, my laptop between Ubuntu and WinXP and my work machine between XP and Vista.

So I will be showing up with a few skewed results.

What would be better, is, if Thom can come up with a poll that asks what our preferences for a Primary OS and Primary browser are.

After all, in work, I WISH I was using something else.

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RE: Totally inaccurate
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 22:16 in reply to "Totally inaccurate "
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What would be better, is, if Thom can come up with a poll that asks what our preferences for a Primary OS and Primary browser are.

After all, in work, I WISH I was using something else.


Uhm, this isn't about what you WANT to use. These statistics are not meant to look into the minds of people and find out what they WANT to use.

The statistics show with what platforms and browsers people access OSNews. That's all they do. Nothing more, nothing less. They are not useless. You find them useless because you expect these statistics to give you information on something they cannot give you information about.

Similarly, a poll, as you suggest, does not provide us with the data that the statistics provide us with. They measure two completely different things.

Is the difference really that hard to understand? I'm intrigued.

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RE[2]: Totally inaccurate
by raver31 on Fri 20th Mar 2009 22:43 in reply to "RE: Totally inaccurate "
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

No, they are indeed two different things. You are right, the figures are exactly what they are supposed to be. It was just me wanting something definitive as to what everyone around here likes to use.

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RE[2]: Totally inaccurate
by Agent69 on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 16:28 in reply to "RE: Totally inaccurate "
Agent69 Member since:
2005-07-07

Thom,

Have you considered doing a serious, really detailed, poll of OSNews readers regarding Computer/OS/Browser usage? A OSNews Census, if you will?

I could see that being real interesting, especially if it were done annually to track usage changes over time.

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