Janine (janinedog) wrote in lj_userdoc,

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Tracking FAQ Draft

Okay, I finally wrote up a draft for the tracking FAQ. We really really need this FAQ, yes yes. So comment! I'll update it as things are suggested. And if you don't like the title, say that too. :)

LiveJournal does not currently offer a tracking or counter service to its users. Additionally, there is no way to see the usernames or names of people who visit your journal. LiveJournal does provide a mechanism to track the IP addresses of people who comment in your journal. This is explained in more detail at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=66.

If you use S1 (http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=173), you can add a third-party counter to your journal's style. This will allow you to count the number of people who visit your journal, and, depending on the counter service that you use, it may provide some information about the people visiting your journal. The "HowTo" journal (http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=howto) contains a tutorial which explains how to add a counter if you use S1. You can read it at http://www.livejournal.com/users/howto/1332.html.

Users with Free Accounts who use S2 cannot add counters to their journal styles. Users with Paid, Permanent, or Early Adopter accounts who are using S2 can add counters in custom S2 styles, which is explained at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=177.

Alternatively, any LiveJournal user can add a counter to their journal by placing it in a backdated entry (http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=91) that has a date far in the future.

If you don't know of a counter service that you can use, you may want to use your favorite search engine to find one. Also, note that you cannot place counters that use JavaScript or Flash in your journal. This restriction is explained in more detail at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=14.

If you are concerned that unwanted people are reading your journal, you can use security settings (http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=24) to determine who can read your entries.


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