Talk:Alexa Internet

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Spyware[edit]

Anyone care to take on the fact that Alexa is considered spyware by most major spyware removal products including Symantec, Ad-aware, Panda Security and many others. It would certainly be a worth thing to note in the ~controversies~ section. Alexkraegen (talk) 18:43, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

I agree. I'm going to see if I can find supporting data, and I'll probuly add it to the existing concerns section, and rename it.Sephiroth storm (talk) 19:49, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Alexa Ranking should be removed from Wikipedia[edit]

Alexa ranking is the most inaccurate thing in the world. Why do Wikipedia shows everywhere this ranking? It should be removed from Wikipedia completely.

It baffles me. It's been widely accepted for years that Alexa rankings are borderline useless as a metric, about as accurate as asking some dude from Florida which websites he thinks should be ranked where. Despite this, they're pervasive across Wikipedia. I don't think I've seen anybody using the Alexa toolbar since the early 2000s — a decade ago! Part of me thinks that Alexa itself is responsible for the rankings being added to so many web organisation-related articles, as it certainly keeps the brand alive. I think there should be an initiative to examine who exactly is adding all these rankings and consider ridding articles of them. After all, why should Alexa metrics be featured (thus promoting Alexa) yet not metrics from the countless other analytics services out there? --Ryan Williams (talk) 18:58, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

I propose merging Alexa internet with Alexa toolbar. Subject doesn't seem to warrant two seperate articles. IzanagiSpirit (talk) 15:59, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

You're right. Unless this article can be expanded to a noteworthy length, I think it should be merged. Supercuty27 11:24, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. The Alexa toolbar article is short and sparse; it shouldn't be hard to cull the most important information from it and simply add it to Alexa Internet. – Michaelmas1957 (talk) 11:25, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Do it! See WP:BLAR. – S. Rich (talk) 05:27, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
Done. Somebody give me a shout if I've made any grievous mistakes. Danny Sepley (talk) 09:46, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Rank/mov't indicator arrows[edit]

(Copied from Template_talk:IncreaseNegative)

The documentation does not provide any clear guidance on when {{IncreaseNegative}} (negative increase) and {{DecreasePositive}} (positive decrease) should be used, as opposed to {{increase}} (Increase) and {{decrease}} (Decrease). The fact that all of the templates share the same documentation only adds to the confusion of which one to use when.

For example, some pages have used negative increase and positive decrease in infoboxes to indicate changes in ranking when they really should use Increase and Decrease instead — see Template:Infobox website:

Put {{Increase}} (Increase) OR {{Steady}} (Steady) OR {{Decrease}} (Decrease) BEFORE the ranking number to indicate the change of ranking compared with the previous month.

PrimeHunter mentioned a good example when negative increase and positive decrease would be appropriate, where an increase is a bad thing (indicated by red):

List of motor vehicle deaths in U.S. by year

Can the documentation be updated to give examples of appropriate uses? sroc (talk) 03:58, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

FYI - As per Help Desk discussion. thewolfchild 10:51, 25 July 2013 (UTC)