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.?
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.