Avoid Download Count Reset?


#1

What’s the preferred method to NOT have the download count reset when updating a project? Is that possible?

Guessing the names have to be identical? Would like to be able to turn “Project_v1.7z” into “Project_v2.7z” or something.


#2

I’ve been asking this question for years without a response. That’s why my project page is littered with links marked “obsolete.” If you manage to get an answer, please let me know.


#3

I’ve been recording the previous download count in the new file description (see example) because people keep downloading obsolete files if you leave them up.

I even did a check (on my own site) on obsolete downloads, thinking it must be bot activity. It isn’t. Go figure.


#4

Thanks for the idea, Proleric. I’ve been wondering how to do this as well! Too bad we can’t update the project like the old vault.


#5

I’m not so sure those download counts are accurate anyway. For example, they may be adding the count for other downloads with the same name. Plus, I suspect we’re getting downloads from web crawlers.


#6

@rjshae - do you have any evidence?

I don’t have access to this site’s logs, but, as previously mentioned, the evidence from my own site is that downloads aren’t driven by bots. Perhaps @niv could comment. Can you give an example of downloads which have the same name and suspicious download counts?


#8

I don’t have access to this site’s logs, but, as previously mentioned, the evidence from my own site is that downloads aren’t driven by bots. Perhaps @niv could comment. Can you give an example of downloads which have the same name and suspicious download counts?

Not direct evidence, no. Just personal observations. For example, whenever I post a new project there are almost always exactly two downloads within an hour or so. I also seem to recall that if I use a particular generic name, it immediately shows a high download count. (But I don’t recall the name at the moment. If I encounter the name again I’ll post it.)