I would like to track visits to my Stack Overflow profile.
Is it acceptable to use a transparent GIF image (or other means) to get a request to my host and record visitors' IP address, time, user agent, etc.?
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How would that work, exactly?
Sure, you can upload an image to your profile, but Stack Exchange makes a copy of it and puts it on imgur, so it doesn't make a request to your server (although embedding
<img> tags does work).
In any case, even if you could, it would probably violate Section 3(e) of the Terms of Service, which prohibits uploading anything that surreptitiously collects information.