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What I can see

The wordpress.com stats are not collected on my behalf, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at them. I do. I promise to keep your data private as far as my reach goes. (Privacy by policy, of course; while privacy by design would be better…)

None of the stats are collected on my behalf, but I can’t opt-out.

This page should inform you about what I can see, including stats and interaction with the website/blog.

Due to an update the stats started to differentiate between Views and Visitors. So I know if people visit more than one page. I assume that I potentially could see that visitors came back, on another day.

Information I can see:

a) for a visitor, reading only

  • The country from where the connecting IP address came from. I can’t see the IP.
  • Which referrer was included in the URL you clicked to come here. e.g. when you came from Google.
    I can’t see who had which referrer included.
  • I can see the search queries from an external search engine. I can’t see who searched what.
  • Top Posts and Pages. I can see which posts and pages are popular and how many users read them per day. I can’t see who read which page.
  • I can see which external (aka outbound) links have been followed per day.
    I can’t see who followed which link.
  • I can see which categories and tags are popular. That’s based on the traffic these things get.

b) when you like a post

  • everything from a), of course.
  • I can see your avatar.
  • I can see your nickname.
  • I can see your public gravatar profile, which could tell me more about you.

c) when you follow the blog as wordpress.com follower

  • everything from a), of course.
  • I can see your avatar.
  • I can see your nickname.
  • I can see your public gravatar profile, which could tell me more about you.
  • I can see since when you follow the blog.

d) when you follow the blog or a post via email

  • everything from a), of course.
  • I assume to be able to see your email address.
  • I assume that I’m able to see since when you follow the blog or post.

e) when you leave a comment

  • everything from a), of course.
  • there could be things of b) depending if you are logged into wordpress.
  • I can see your nickname you gave yourself.
  • I can see your email address, when you enter it. It won’t be published. You don’t have to be logged in to post a comment, but when you are I can see your email address.
  • I can see the IP address the comment was made from.

f) when you share a post

  • everything from a), of course.
  • I can see that someone shared a specific post or page. I can’t see who shared which post. Only the “Top Shares” are shown to me.
  • I can see what services have been used, but not for which post or page. Only the “Top Services” are shown to me.

g) when you send me feedback (via the web form)

  • everything from a), of course.
  • I can see your nickname you entered/gave yourself.
  • I can see your email address. For feedback you have to enter one.
  • I can see your feedback, which is not published, but mailed to a Google account.
  • I can see the choices you made (e.g. that you want me to reply).
  • I can see the IP address the feedback was sent from.

Wordpess can’t collect all stats for users that have JavaScript disabled and/or load no images. So I’m not going to see that as well. I guess you will not be included in the stats, but that’s just a guess. I really don’t care about the stats, although I look at them to see what they do.

I will update this page, when I get more information. When you have a WordPress.com blog and say “Hey, I can see information X so you should be, too!” please contact me.

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