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why google does it and the infinite accounts issue

why google does it and the infinite accounts issue

Posted Aug 14, 2006 23:28 UTC (Mon) by gstein (guest, #3612)
In reply to: why google does it and the infinite accounts issue by berntsen
Parent article: Google's project hosting service

Euh... no. We have very specific rules against that. For example: we were accidentally logging some user IDs in our Subversion logs, and had to go fix some code to eliminate that. (yes, we have a team that specifically reviews what gets logged, and ensures that information that might identify a person is *NOT* logged).

We require a person to sign in with a "verified" Google Account. That means we know the person (at some point in time) could receive email there. That ensures that the Owners/Members of the project can contact the person filing the bug report.

Spam bug reports and spam comments are a serious pain. And even more so for a site in the "" domain. Over time, might we find other ways to fix this? Possibly. But we have so many other interesting ideas and features to bring to users and developers, that tackling the problem is very low on our list.

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why google does it and the infinite accounts issue

Posted Aug 15, 2006 9:09 UTC (Tue) by berntsen (guest, #4650) [Link]

I assume you are affiliated with google, and if so I appreciate your response.

But I think you misunderstand me a bit. When I say personalised I do not mean that you find out which person is behind a user id (a cookie) and provide better services because you know the 'person' (by looking at interests on the persons home page, e.g).

What I mean is, e.g., that if a person searches a lot for java and always follows the coffee links rather than the programming language links, you will alter the rating for the cookie such that coffee related java links will appear on top. Likewise you will present him coffee related ads rather than programmning related ads.

Of course I can think paranoid thoughts (in these days where conspiracy theories bloom in the cinemas) that Google has research teams writing algorithms to automatically find the person behind any cookie, and that NSA or whatever has full access to your logs and uses it for whatever, ;-) But that was not my point at all.

Happy happy,

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