: New: Milestone: 39 Million Hits

Wow, it's the site's 39 millionth hit. 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: every time 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 "a million hits" isn't as impressive as it sounds. But hits are easy to measure so that's what I measure. We can take a look at the log: - - [20/Sep/2022:07:15:55 +0000] "GET /assets/admin/js/tinymce/plugins/filemanager/dialog.php HTTP/1.1" 404 1441 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/99.0.4859.172 Safari/537.36"

This looks like a hacker, checking to see if this here web site runs a buggy program that the hacker could subvert. Looking at nearby logs, I guess the "hacker" is a dumb ol' hacking bot: it looked for 36 subvert-ible programs on my site yesterday. Looking up that address suggests the hackbot is running on Microsoft Azure hosting. Cheeky!

Anyhow, the most popular pages yesterday with humans* were recent blog posts, as you might expect. In times past, my list of puzzlehunt team names would have been most popular; however, in recent times other folks have put together pages listing scavenger hunt team names, and doing a good job promoting those pages.

Now that I think about it, the semi-new Puzzles Wiki has the start of a pretty good list of puzzlehunt teams. If you're on a puzzlehunt team that's not listed there, I dare you to add it. If you were on a now-defunct puzzlehunt team that's not listed there, I dare you to add it. (Hmm, I wonder if I should list some one-shot teams I was on, or at least the ones with especially cool names.)

Obviously, I should add a link from my list of team names to the Puzzles Wiki list.

*I assume.

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