Site Talk forum: delays due to google-analytics.com?

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 21, 2013 8:21 PM CST
Maybe iut was just my companies IT department slowing down my PC at a particular moment, but I was browsing around in ATP and leaving one area, when ATP paused for 8-12 seconds with a small browser or ATP message :

"waiting for google-analytics.com"

Maybe it's just me, and maybe just the network at work.
This is the first time it lasted long enough to read (and type) the message.
At least it was on FireFox and not IE7.

But if Google really is hanging up your site while it figures out what ads to push next, what a bummer!

Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
May 21, 2013 9:28 PM CST
Google analytics doesn't push ads. Analytics is used by the web master to track statistics about their site.
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
May 22, 2013 5:37 AM CST
Would it have anything to do with whether you are signed in or out of Google?

I sign in to google for one thing only: a small private group to exchange posted messaging. Then I sign right back out.

It's really disconcerting that google does not allow the back button to work on FF after I sign out.
Not a big deal, but certainly Big Brother getting into my business!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
May 22, 2013 6:31 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Jay is right that the google analytics program is only about statistics and not ads. It also doesn't affect anything about how the site runs. It simply logs the fact that you hit the site and some statistics about your computer. Then later I can run reports like how many people visited last month, where did they come from, what kinds of browsers are used, etc. I think most websites online use google analytics for this but there are competitors that can be used, too. Many sites use 4 or 5 different analytics programs simultaneously.

If it makes you uncomfortable, there are ways to opt out of google analytics (both here at ATP and everywhere on the web).
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
May 22, 2013 6:37 AM CST
If you use Firefox, you can also run "No Script" and it'll be disabled unless you give it permission to run.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
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gingin
May 22, 2013 4:26 PM CST
OT, OldGardener, but I love your "kitty eyes" Lovey dubby Would like a cat, but my "kids" AKA dogs would think "Tasty Morsel"
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
So Cal (Zone 10b)
Cat Lover Forum moderator Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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OldGardener
May 22, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Thank you! That's my Ed who came to me as an ill, starving, near-death, 3-4 week old feral kitten.

I always considered myself to be a dog person (not a cat person) but Ed is my constant 24/7 companion who is never more than an arm's length away. He has even climbed into the bath with me on several occasions when I wasn't looking (loves to stretch out in the warm water)! After almost 3 years with him, I can't imagine life without my friend. He really is quite unique Lovey dubby
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 22, 2013 6:55 PM CST
>> Analytics is used by the web master to track statistics about their site.

Thanks, I'm all in favor of that.

And probably it was my company's IT department freezing my update, not the script. I never saw it before.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
May 29, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing at Ed in the tub!!
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.

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