Netscape "What's Cool" Server Stats

The question: How skewed are the sites featured on the Netscape "What's Cool" page towards those running Netscape's own Commerce or Communications server?

The methodology: A quick Perl hack that performs a HEAD request for each server on the "What's Cool" page and records the results. The script is run once, and all servers that don't answer the request are thrown out. As a control group, we compile a chronologically ordered list of an equal number of sites from the "Cool Site of the Day" (going from the most recent site backwards), and run this second list through the same script.

The results: Netscape "What's Cool": 79 servers queried. 71 responses. Of those, 30 reported themselves to be a Netscape server, or 42%. "Cool Site of the Day": 79 servers queried. 69 responses. Of those, 16 reported themselves to be a Netscape server, or 23%.

Conclusions: Hmmm...

Netscape "What's New" Page
www.cnn.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
december.commerce.net EIT/1.3
www.automatrix.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
update.wsj.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.cnet.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.word.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.discovery.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1b1
bf.cstar.ac.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.webcom.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.ran.org NCSA/1.4
www.sportsline.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.htmlmagic.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.wellsfargo.com Netsite-Communications/1.0
www.ups.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.skypoint.com Apache/0.8.11
www.onsale.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.ProductNet.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.nj.com Open-Market-Secure-WebServer/1.1beta6-eval
www.interactive8.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.kodak.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.fwi.uva.nl Apache/0.6.5
www.mastercard.com NCSA/1.3
nextdch.mty.itesm.mx NCSA/1.4.2
www.ionet.net NCSA/1.4.2
www2.netscape.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.prognet.com Netsite-Commerce/1.0
diamond.idbsu.edu CERN/3.0
sun.bucknell.edu NCSA/1.4.2
www.interport.net NCSA/1.4.2
espnet.sportszone.com NCSA/1.3
the-tech.mit.edu Open-Market-WebServer/1.1beta6-eval
www.mtv.com CERN/3.0
web3.starwave.com NCSA/1.3
www.internet.net Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.infi.net Netsite-Commerce/1.0
www.sjmercury.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.fedex.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
gagme.wwa.com NCSA/1.3
edcwww.cr.usgs.gov NCSA/1.4.2
mistral.enst.fr Netscape-Commerce/1.1
wings.buffalo.edu Apache/0.8.11
www.rsa.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
thomas.loc.gov NCSA/1.4.1
hoohana.aloha.net Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.novell.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.commerce.digital.com NCSA/1.3
www.satlab.hawaii.edu NCSA/1.3
www.iuma.com Netsite-Communications/1.0
www.netgen.com Apache/0.8.13
www.eff.org NCSA/1.5b2
www2.infi.net NCSA/1.4
www.mig29.com CERN/3.0pre6
www.crc.ricoh.com NCSA/1.4
www.fnal.gov CERN/3.0pre5
sunsite.unc.edu NCSA/1.4
www.cs.pitt.edu NCSA/1.4.2
home.netscape.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.studio.sgi.com Netsite-Communications/1.0
www.cs.odu.edu NCSA/1.3
www.times.st-pete.fl.us WebSTAR/1.2.1 ID/301
robot0.ge.uiuc.edu NCSA/1.3
www.ustreas.gov NCSA/1.3
offworld.wwa.com NCSA/1.3
turnpike.net Apache/0.8.11
www.xmission.com Apache/0.8.11
www.cris.com NCSA-CRC+/1.4.1
www.cbs.com NCSA/1.4
www.csua.berkeley.edu Netscape-Communications/1.1
pfm.het.brown.edu Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.well.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.europa.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
 
Cool Site Of The Day
www.aztec.co.za CERN/3.0
www.cnet.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.users.interport.net NCSA/1.4.2
www.abc.net.au Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.cnn.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.geopages.com NCSA/1.4.2
ntn-survivor.com NCSA/1.4.1
www.directnet.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.emtex.com NCSA/1.4.1
www.digitalrag.com NCSA/1.4.1
www.viper.net NCSA/1.4.1
www.ionet.net NCSA/1.4.2
outside.starwave.com NCSA/1.3
ucsu.colorado.edu NCSA/1.4.1
www.ski.mskcc.org NCSA/1.3
www.rockhall.com NCSA/1.4.2
plaza.interport.net NCSA/1.4.2
www.mordor.com Apache/0.8.11
www.mw3.com Apache/0.6.4b
marshall.edu OSU/1.8a
desires.com NCSA/1.4
www.cas.american.edu Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.iw.net NCSA/1.4.1
www.mindspring.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.word.com Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.oslonett.no Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.envirolink.org Netscape-Commerce/1.1
www.wingspread.com NCSA/1.3
www.intercom.net NCSA/1.4.2
imedl.saudi.net CERN/3.0
www.dtd.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.usc.edu NCSA/1.4
www.bell.ca CERN/3.0
www.rubyslippers.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.spectrumnet.com BESTWWWD/1.0
www.injersey.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.crayola.com NCSA/1.4
detnews.com NCSA/1.3
www.ionet.net NCSA/1.4.2
www.sirius.com CERN/3.0
www.pulitzer.org Apache/0.6.5
www.audioweb.com Purveyor/v1.1 Windows NT
medicus.marshall.edu WebSite/1.0
www.best.com BESTWWWD/1.0
www.film.com CERN/3.0
www.directnet.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.starwave.com NCSA/1.3
www.ticketmaster.com NCSA/1.3
www.well.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
www.infi.net Netsite-Commerce/1.0
www.mech.gla.ac.uk NCSA/1.4.1
www.mgmua.com NCSA/1.3
vflylab.calstatela.edu CERN/3.0
www.atcon.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
underground.net Apache/0.8.10
www.well.com Netscape-Communications/1.1
pathfinder.com Open Market WebServer/1.0
vvv.com NCSA/1.4.2
www.amdest.com WebSTAR/1.2.1 ID/254
www.social.com NCSA/1.4.1
www.myth.com NCSA/1.4
cedr.lbl.gov NCSA/1.3
www.sarabande.com WebSTAR/1.2 ID/989
www.ncsa.uiuc.edu NCSA/1.4
www.infobahn.com CERN/3.0
WWW.Stars.com Apache/0.6.5
www.emedia.net Netscape-Communications/1.1
bradley.bradley.edu NCSA/1.4
showbiz.starwave.com NCSA/1.3

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