There has been some discussion on the Advisory Board mailing list recently about improving the metrics gathering that the fedora project uses to find out approximately how many users we have. And I though it would be a good idea to gather some thoughts on the gathering as an idea.
What are your thoughts on metrics gathering, please respond in this posts comments, on identica or twitter please [@threethirty on them so I see them :)] or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. and I will make a follow up post with some of the more interesting replies quoted in it.
There have been questions about what I really mean when I say “gathering metrics” so I guess I’ll more fully explain:
Currently (IIRC) every time you look for updates on an offical yum server it collects your IP address. So what Fedora has been doing is counting every unique IP address, multiplying by 2 or 4 and then claiming that is the number of Fedora users.
The problem with that is it wildly inaccurate and we think that the number is low. There is so good debate in the mailing list, but what has been offered is using uuid’s to more accurately count but privacy has been an ongoing concern.
I don’t think that any new ideas are anywhere close to implementation, I just wanted to know if people were worried about this or had any ideas for the board.