lucy24 - 7:57 am on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
Follow-up: I had a belated "D'oh!" moment. It occured to me that even when g### is allowed to help itself to css and js, that doesn't tell it what a page looks like. It only tells it what the page looks like to google.
If I look at the page with Google Preview, I don't see the page as I myself would see it. I see it only the way Google sees it.
... and then I detour into severe puzzlement because I can't for the life of me figure out where they got the Preview from. Usually it shows up in logs. This time it didn't-- and if I can believe Spotlight, the last time a human previewed this page was over a month ago. They don't cache previews that long. Even translations-- text alone-- are only kept for a few hours.
:: insert emoticon expressive of bewilderment, bafflement and general wtf-ness ::
Vague thought: Do Previews and Translations roll over, meaning that as long as someone asks for a preview less than some-amount-of-time after the previous request, it stays cached forever? If so, I'm missing a ### of a lot of traffic. I always assumed that people go straight to this page without bothering about a Preview.
I did answer part of my own previous question. Google Analytics lives at google, right?, not on your own server. So they know that you don't have anything else hiding behind those links. It's only other people's analytics programs that they have to be locked out of.