: New: Milestone: 24 Million Hits

As usual, these "hits" aren't a measure of humans visiting pages; that count would be much lower. It's just requests to the website: everytime a robot visits some page, the count goes up. If a human views a page that contains a dozen graphics, those graphics cause another dozen hits. So it's not as impressive as it sounds, but it's easy to measure so that's what I measure. The 24 millionth hit… - - [25/Nov/2013:08:47:04 -0400] "GET /manual/sc/jp/index.html HTTP/1.1" 200 5546 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)"
…looks like the Bing web search engine's web crawler robot just came by to confirm that I haven't changed the Japanese translation of the GEOS-SC documentation's top page. Bingbot only checked 170 pages that day. You may recall that it used to crawl absurdly more pages; I kinda made fun of it, crawling my site so assiduously though I rarely change the site. This raises the question: how often do I change it? I tried counting the unique dates on which I changed files on this site. That's not a perfect way to count this. The Daily Nonsense page, of course, updates each day. But my quick-and-dirty counting method doesn't notice that: it only notices that the page changed today. Anyhow: from late 1999 to late 2012, I see 1113 file modification dates. That's about 85 days per year, once or twice a week. That's not so often, by computer speeds.

I think we can all agree that Bingbot needs to relax.

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