Update: 2:30 PM PST. The database was corrupted most of the day. I believe I have isolated the problem (I hope). All comments made today were lost. I apologize for this. Please re-submit.
Busy day today, so a small request. My secret project, for which I promise an announcement soon, is taking up much of my time.
When my number one son lived in Shanghai (some two years ago) he told me that he could not access my site. Is that still the case?
Google analytics indicates that I have a couple of hits a month from Beijing, but I am not sure these are accurate. Google, like many other companies anxious to do business with China, has labeled Taiwan as part of China. So I cannot be sure the hits registering as Beijing are not actually coming from Taiwan—where I have a steady supply of readers.
The hits—six last month—from Beijing might be real, too, but not from civilian Chinese. And it could also be that Google errs in its counts, particularly of small numbers.
Of course, if this site is not visible in China, I cannot expect to learn that from people who live there, since, of course, they will not see my request. And if nobody living there responds, it is still more than possible (given the English-only content of this site) that nobody in China wants to come. So this is a difficult thing to measure.
I ask because we have read often that China bans sites that are in any way critical of the government. I have been, in any way, critical, but I am also just one lone voice in the wilderness. Knowledge of whether this site is banned will give some information to the lengths the government of China is willing to go to restrict information.
Incidentally, I have no hits from North Korea. Not even one the whole year—at least, as far as Google Analytics can determine. I believe we also looked at this two years ago and found the same thing. The joys of socialism are ever lasting.
Iran has picked up: six whole hits last month. Afghanistan is always there—but here I know that a substantial portion of these hits are from servicemen since a few have emailed me.
The only other blanks for this year are Central Africa: DR (those terms used loosely) Congo, Chad, Niger, Somalia, etc. None from Nicaragua. Nary a Nepalese visitor. Total of zero from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. And a complete paucity of Papua New Guineaians. Well, none from Greenland, either, but that land mass is in a different category than the others.
Google says that well over a thousand hits are unclassified. Some of these are probably bots or spam makers. But some could be from the countries registering zeros.
It’s not relevant, but most of the search-directed traffic comes here with my name as key word (I’m famous!). But will one of the 198 people who searched for “porn rape”—I get a regular stream of these—and who landed here tell me why you thought a statistician would have what you’re looking for? And can Google say why they direct them here? (Of course, and depressingly, my asking will cause an increase.)
And Luis, you’ll be delighted to learn that 58 people searched for “luis diaz relativism.”
Update From an anonymous source:
Sites that can’t load at all, fully blocked
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093389/ The Last Emperor Page
http://www.youtube.com/ (any flash)
Sites that can download, appears free, but no photos or flash at all
http://www.bubbleinfo.com/ (no youtube as it is fully blocked)
Sites that appear to work normally (content not obviously blocked)
http://joannenova.com.au/ no flash, pics ok