Ref Log

Hoopoe

Back in antiquity, referrer’s logs provided troves of information to even a casual viewer (such as I). Now, it appears to me (perhaps wrongly) that search engines such as The Big One withhold information on the search terms that point to your page, and some sites seem to conceal the place from which they’re linking, and so on. Obviously, now that people care (financially) about the Web, such information equals power equals cash. But I’d like to leave a little marker here pointing back to times when you could find out a great deal of what you might want to know from an elementary scan of your logs. If (as it seems to me) those days are gone, it’s another way that commercialisation corrodes the Web.

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