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From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-12-07 15:15:35

Arkadiy Vertleyb wrote:
> "Eric Niebler" <eric_at_[hidden]> wrote
>>It doesn't make sense to have download counters at all, really, if they
>>randomly drop to zero every now and then.
> Frustrating though it is (I had to drop typeof download counter in the past
> from 99 to zero, because I had to re-upload the file initialy uploaded by
> Peder), I think it's a very useful tool, even though imperfect, providing a
> good indication of amount of interest combined with author(s) activity.
> FWIW, if not download counter, there would be no BOOST_TYPEOF now.

You misunderstand. My comment was not out of frustration. It's a
matter-of-fact observation that if the download counters randomly and
periodically drop to zero, then the numbers have NO meaning. They didn't
go to zero because someone set them to zero, or because someone deleted
and/or re-uploaded a file. They just mysteriously went to zero. Knowing
this can happen, what can you infer about a file by looking at its
download counter?

It also doesn't make sense for Rene to "fix" the counters manually
because it'll just happen again.

Eric Niebler
Boost Consulting

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