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Since it's exceptionally easy to only block the actual ads on swfchan (no ads are actually served from swfchan's own domain) and because the current ruleset is actually causing visitors to see more ads I thought this matter would be quickly resolved. However, I have been trying to contact EasyList for over three weeks now with no response. Therefore I feel the need to ask my visitors to e-mail them as well to bring attention to this issue and show that regular users of EasyList care about swfchan, not just the guy running the site.
They have two e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The first one is the primary mail but I've sent mail to both and received a reply from neither. Have sent using different mail accounts as well so I know there was no sending issues on my end. I should have written this announcement earlier but this whole thing felt like such an open-and-shut case that I would never have imagined swfchan still being blocked like this after three weeks. Big thanks to anyone helping out!
Note: I'm not writing this because of money, the site's income is actually the same as before (less visitors but less blockers equal same ad views). I am however worried that in the long run, in a year or so, this may lead to less links leading to swfchan which would sure enough finally kill it off the web, especially with the dwindling flash support these days. I also don't think this is a fair practice by EasyList, there's no reason what-so-ever to block swfchan itself. I don't serve ads and an adblocker should block ad providers, not sites that use ad providers. I also don't limit anyone blocking ads from using the site in any way. It feels like the EasyList authors took just a minute to look at swfchan, said "fuck it" and proceeded to block the whole thing instead of only the ads.
So if you have a moment I'd really appreciate it if you took the time to e-mail them about this. Just be polite and ask EasyList to block only the ads on swfchan, not the actual content on swfchan itself. There's a discussion thread over here.
To simplify the stats gathering a IP counts as one person, there is no tracking of visitors across several IPs. When a IP arrives on the site it creates a visit. For returning visitors at least two hours must pass since the IP's last visit showed activity for it to count as a new visit. Otherwise the old visit will be extended.
Excluded visits in the statistics are those that did not begin on the day in question but are spanning over midnight from a previous day. These are not counted in the stats for that day, instead that visit will contribute stats to the day on which it began. It is therefore possible for yesterday-stats to be updated even after the day has ended. If two hours never passes between two page views by the same IP the visit could go on forever, omitting stats on newer days. A max visit duration of 18 hours has therefore been set, so extended visits can span across two days at most.
The "unique visitors"-number are the number of IPs that has touched swfchan that day, no matter if its visit began on the previous day. It's therefore possible for the unique visitor count to be higher than the visits count, especially around midnight since at that time many visits are spanning across two days. When checking which IPs that are returning the IP must have been on swfchan at least one day before yesterday, this to avoid determing a IP as returning even if it has had just one visit but that one visit spanned over midnight.
Page views are to be taken with a extra big grain of salt, by design it has been implemented to only give a so-so idea of the number of pages the visitor has viewed. It is designed to reduce stress of the main server by reporting page views in batches by visitors that browse many pages, there's always a risk that a batch is left unreported if the visitor leaves before it reaches the set threshold. In reality the page views are probably a little higher than the number written on this page, but the number on this page is still a good indication of site activity.
IPs are looked up in a database to determine which country they belong to, it should be fairly accurate. The database is updated every now and then to reflect changes in the world.
The differance between "unknown JS status" and "indeterminable JS status" is that with unknown no stats have been gathered via JS and image while with indeterminable some data was gathered via JS but strangely enough no page views was reported.
For a get to be "via both embed and dl-link" someone has pressed GET FILE twice for the same flash, once with the embed option and once with the download link option (those two presses however counts as just one get, a IP can make a new get for the same flash after six hours has passed since it last got the flash).
Remember that for visits with a long duration it doesn't necessarily mean that a person was surfing the site constantly the whole time (though it COULD be true). If he took a break from the site and came back before two hours had passed it would still count as the same visit as before and many seconds are appended to the visit duration even though he didn't surf constantly during that time.
The "visits blocking ads, but not all" percentage could be read as "visits not seen ads on all domains, but an ad was loaded on at least one domain". It's not certain such a visit is blocking ads at all, maybe the ad just didn't load or something else happened that prevented the ad-loading event from being recorded.
The number of "IPs made a visit this day" are the IPs that has created at least one new visit on the day in question. It excludes IPs seen that began their visit before midnight. IPs visited are pretty much always lower than IPs seen since the seen count also includes IPs that are on a visit that began the previous day.
Only the following three major search engines are recognized as such: Bing, Google and Yahoo. Visits arriving from other search engines counts as "arriving via other sites".
Download speeds are measured from embed-gets. Speeds presented are averages, if someone downloads over 100 KiB/s sometimes but mostly at 90 KiB/s he will average to below 100 KiB/s even though there are faster spikes. The higher tiers does not include the lower ones (for example the percentage in <100 KiB/s excludes those <50 KiB/s). A "insta-get" is when a flash loads in below two seconds, there isn't enough time to calculate an accurate average download speed. The "maybe too slow" group are gets that haven't downloaded 33% of the flash file and thus have not reported in any download speed to swfchan.
Numbers below show the grand total gets on eye.swfchan.com (gets of flashes on .org are not tracked). These are direct stats gathered from "GET FILE"-presses and are thus to be considered reliable (in contrast with many stats above this paragraph that aren't 100% accurate). Note that swfchan has been online since 5may2008, however the number of daily gets presented below were not recorded until 24may2012 (the stats above this paragraph were not recorded until 1may2013). Projections are optimistic and just extrapolates the current average (doesn't take into account fluctuations in traffic during certain hours).