- Every time you visit a web page, you send information to the web server. Web
servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which
can be used to get an overall picture of the portal, what other sites link to this one,
and what web browsers people are using.
- These logs are used to produce site statistics; the raw log data is not made
- Log data may be examined by developers and administrators in the course of
solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that
overwhelm the site. IP addresses of Users derived either from those logs or from
records in the database are frequently used to correlate usernames and network
addresses in investigating abuse of the portal, including spamming, vandalism,
harassment of other users, or other disruptions of the portal.
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