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Lack of referrers on github is an annoyance

26 August 2013 21:50

Github is a nice site, and I routinely monitor a couple of projects there.

I've also been using it to host a couple of my own projects, initially as an experiment, but since then because it has been useful to get followers and visibility.

I'm a little disappointed that you don't get to see more data though; today my sysadmin utilities repository received several new "stars". Given that these all occurred "an hour ago" it seems likely that they we referenced in a comment somewhere on LWN, hacker news, or similar.

Unfortunately I've no clue where that happened, or if it was a coincidence.

I expect this is more of a concern for those users who use github-pages, where having access to the access.logs would be more useful still. But ..



Comments on this entry

icon Jim at 15:43 on 26 August 2013

Google Alerts can be helpful for finding when your projects get mentioned somewhere new.

icon Felix at 15:44 on 26 August 2013

I think http://www.deimeke.net/dirk/blog/index.php?/archives/3246-sysadmin-utils-....html is to blame. At least this is why I finally remember to set a star.

icon someone at 17:39 on 26 August 2013

On static pages, you can inser javascript, pixel, http, or dns based analytics on your own.

About the stars... don't care too much for those things. Actually the "social" coding is more about people which comments something, fork-edit-pull, issue, or interact in more useful ways.