As a result of privacy concerns many of these tools went up the scrap heap. The data however is still there and the genie is out of the bottle. When one smart cookie can find the data and produce a really nice presentation others can as well.
Privacy is not a crime and it is not guaranteed by destroying such insights. Privacy is better served by presenting private data specific to a member of our community to him or her in the privacy of the browser. Such privacy can be provided by authenticating first with a SUL account and using HTTPS.
- Many people find motivation in well presented statistics
- the continued use of research tools enables more sophisticated research in the future
- stats.wikimedia.org becomes a collaborative place for production grade statistics