Can anyone explain head count?  

rm_silkditty 67F
12408 posts
5/21/2006 9:11 am
Can anyone explain head count?

I don't have time this morning to do an actual post, but I've been curious about something for awhile.

Can anyone explain why the number of views that shows up on a post differs from the number of people that shows up on the list of who is viewing?

There is no function that allows people to view posts without being seen, but if number of views is bigger than who shows up on the list of viewers, what is happening?

And sometimes I get emails from people who are reading my posts, but they don't seem to show up on my list of viewers.

placerville 59M
1 post
5/21/2006 2:05 pm

only a guess but i guess that if i dont log out and then log back in it might be logged differently in different locations. So if i repeat view with little time interval i am guessing that it might mess up the counts.

ilsuconu 57M

5/21/2006 6:38 pm

The expert on this would be goddessofthedawn... she's real good with this techie stuff, and she has a lot of wonderful poetry, too!


5/22/2006 3:09 am

I have a system I use to test how different browsers display web content differently for my web based design content. I actually need to get a windows based system to do this better too despite the quite strong desire I have to fully boycott Bill Gates.

To do this for this particualar site I keep logged in on one browser which is nearly always Netscape because it handles web content more efficiently RAMwise, and then I test to see if my posts have actually been accepted by the site and how they are displaying in Internet Exploder.

Since I keep Exploder technically not logged in as myself but in "guest mode" so that I can test if the site has actually accepted my postings it leaves no trail as to whoever else I might then visit as it has no username reference to do this with but it does indeed register that someone took a look by leaving a higher number in the "views" count.

So what this means is that most likely your "ghost viewers" are poeple who have not yet signed up and are simply just checking out the site on a trial basis.

All profiles and blogs are in fact wide open to any and all search engines external to the site. Which is somewhat ironic since at least the profiles are only open to site members if they are in fact paying members.

Hope this made sense.


rm_AnOddGirl 58F
3469 posts
5/22/2006 9:50 am

It depends on if they read off the blog front page or go into the post it's self.
I noticed this during a post edit.

Hey, btw, art pics!?!
How's the weather?!?!


BaronessK 53F

5/24/2006 9:06 pm

Could very well be site administrator/so-called geek incompetence. Also could be the guest mode as well. The main part is that when someone goes to a blog they can in fact read down an entire post without actually clicking on the post; that's true, as said. It's available on the main page of the blog {or rather main pages, depending on how many posts the blog owner has made}. The comments can't be seen, unless you click into the post itself, though.

Unless it's something like a guest view, then they should still show up on the list, though, if not the count of every single blog they did read {from the main page; they didn't read any comments, though or post, because for either they would have to be in the actual specific post page}.

As for the list of people who are viewing, you {as the Blog owner; don't know who else can see part and/or all of what I'm about to mention} can see on the right hand side of your main page{s} a box somewhat lower than right at the top titled "Recent Visitors" -- look to the right top of that box, and there should be a clickable link for 'Show All'. I did that today -- wonder if all those guys from Germany have a translation service, since their profiles are all in German? *L*

I have 2 pages of handles just on that; wonder how many mzhunyhole and expatbrit49 have?! *LOL* Seriously, I don't know how far back or what limits by total numbers are displayed.

Goddessofthedawn is definitely awesome; I used to be a computer tech, myself, and the stuff I added here to my posts and blog and all {because she made it site specific and real easy} was fantastic. Still, I think I got your question right and covered! *L*

Because of her {goddess}, you got 'pimped' on my site about one of your posts that I answered {the one where I sent you the revised version of Wastin' Cyberitaville}; I had your handle, your blog, and the post itself linked. Damn, I forgot to do the pic! Next time, okay? *L* BTW, the main reason, of late that I am using the acronyms and all instead of emoticons is because the site isn't recognizing them half the time; it's not just the poster!

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