Collecting usage statistics is essential for us to be able to improve our web sites.
Normally this is done with the help of standarized third party services, which works fine. The downside of that approach though is that our control over the data collected, and the way that the collection is done, is low.
In an effort to try to gain more control in this area we are from now on collecting data only with our own services to our own domains.
Our basic idea is that if we want to be completely transparant with our site users, we must control exactly what data we collect and how.
So the new thing on the site this month is the absense of standard tracking tools and 3rd party domains.