JS_Harris - 10:06 am on Aug 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
I should add that it's very possible that what I ran into is isolated and/or that I am wrong from a technical point of view about the full impact potential(5000 events on 5000 pages causing 500,000 hits per script install daily). I hope I am wrong in fact, or that people at Google who know more than me are filtering the negative effects of this out in adsense/rankings etc already which is likely. I don't think I'd have even posted at all if I had known the cause before making my first post actually, I suggested it be deleted when I was told it was being reviewed since I had figured out the source. Its tough having a useful discussion without being able to identify the source of concern for all to evaluate themselves... which is probably why the post hung up in premod for a few days.
Still, hopefully a source of false and negative stats gets cleaned up as a result and some strange reports in your analytics/logs make a little more sense.
Robert - do you think setting up a temporary domain and running the script on it over and over might yield a full list of ips being used or other cumulative data that can be identified and filtered in this case? My logs cover several weeks and it wasn't enough. By nature the only person who should run this script on your site is you so filtering it would not inconvenience anyone but filtering it would clean up a lot of stats.