[OSM-dev] Any tile statistics (unique visitors)

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Sun Dec 7 00:30:16 GMT 2008

Stefan de Konink wrote:
> Tom Hughes wrote:
>> Plus you asked about unique visitors to the tile server but now you 
>> want to know about unique visitors to our slippy map, which is an 
>> entirely different question as not everybody that uses our tile server 
>> uses our slippy map.
> So do you agree with me that the minimal amount of unique visiters 
> exceeds the amount of users on the slippy map? Could you provide how 
> many users are on the slippy map?

Well yes, but I still think that whatever awstat does to get this count 
will be a very poor approximation to unique visitors.

>>>> Why do you want this information anyway?
>>> Because the person/organisation that gave OSM-NL last year around 10K 
>>> in euro, and now gave 28K to OpenStreetPhoto would like to know the 
>>> unique visitors, and I think that is a reasonable question...
>> Every question seems reasonable to the person asking it, but as always 
>> the question is where to draw the line - do I have to conjure up 
>> whatever statistics people ask for no matter how much work it needs?
> You are always talking about you are the only person capable of doing 
> something. I sincerely wonder why that is so?

I'm not the only one, but of the people with access to the relevant 
server I'm the one most likely to do it if we do it from the slippy map 
logs. If we do it from the tile server logs then Jon would be more 
likely (though we both could do it from either machine).

If what you're asking is why we don't just give anybody who asks root 
access to the web server then I hope that would answer itself.

>> Anyway, if you can get the appropriate people to authorise it, and you 
>> can clarify exactly what you want, then we might be able to do 
>> something when we get a minute.
> And who might that be? Since when should I find authorisation for 
> questions?

I'm not sure to be honest - the foundation I guess. I don't believe we 
have a policy on the release of statistical information like this at the 


Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)

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