[wp-hackers] track activity of user engagement in plugins

Alex Hempton-Smith hempsworth at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 20:21:59 UTC 2012

Sending that data to the API site is fine, as long as that data isn't
then stored for stats.

IMO, if it is stored, there should be a checkbox during installation,
or a popup after upgrade to ask the users permission.


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On 15 Feb 2012, at 18:51, Robert Lusby <nanogwp at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 15/02/2012 17:24, Otto wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM, Doug Stewart<zamoose at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM, Otto<otto at ottodestruct.com>  wrote:
>>>> Core, theme, and plugin update checks are not "phoning home". No
>>> statistics
>>>> or usage information is sent back to WordPress.org. In fact, it's
>>>> retrieving plugin/theme information from the site, not sending it back.
>>> When did this change? It used to send version information + PHP&
>>> MySQL info at the very least.
>> Yes, that information is sent as part of the core update check. If you have
>> an older version of PHP or MySQL, for example, then you'll get a different
>> response from the core update check if the new version of WP doesn't
>> support your versions. Like in 3.0, when we started requiring PHP 5.
>> -Otto
> And from that request you can determine number of users running WordPress on number of platforms with an X configuration.
> Is any other data sent? Or just PHP/MySQL Versions?
> I'm afraid I would still call that dialling home - even if the data *is* very useful ...
> R
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