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Posted on Jan 29, '07 at 06:02 am

Hi, I just installed Mint2.0. Seems to run ok. I found the pepper “crushes” in the peppermill and installed as well … but I have no idea what it does. Can someone please explain ?



Looks as though it replaces XXX Strong Mint.

Sam Brown
Third-Party Pepper Developer
Posted on Jan 29, '07 at 07:05 am

If you have a blog for example, the CMS will more than likely give users cookies to keep track of them. (Ever clicked a “Remember me” tickbox in the comments section of someones site?)

Secret Crush uses the cookie information to keep track of users. It will pull the name from cookie and match it with their IP address so you can keep track off how ofter someone is visiting your site for example.

I’m guessing this takes over from nametags… But how does it work with cookies. With nametags we specified the cookie it needed to track. I’m not seeing any settings for Crushes.

Would be cool if you could specify some nametags, as you could with the previous pepper.

Posted on Jan 29, '07 at 09:49 am

I haven’t looked at the source for Secret Crush, but it looks like it guesses what the “name” of a particular visitor should be. It seems to work on my site so far.

hmmm. I’ve got nametags set to track a specific cookie and in my surfing this afternoon nametags has referred to me by my cookie name. Crushes is just showing my IP.

Posted on Jan 29, '07 at 01:09 pm

On my site, people that have commented have the name they used when commenting show up in the secret crush listing. Everyone else shows up as an IP or Hostname.

Posted on Jan 29, '07 at 01:48 pm

It’s like Nametags w/o the customization. Or the ability to tag an IP.

The RSS feed capability was a nice add. I’d like to see that for the search pepper.

So, if it’s not working correctly and I’d like to add this functionality to Mint, what do I do? I don’t know what it’s pulling its data from.

What I mean is if I’m not running a blog, but I have access to user data, can I use this with cookies to tag users with names? If so, how do I do this? Where’s the documentation? Thanks!

I am new to Mint (started with 2.0).

I have installed two additional Peppers: Beau Collin’s Session Tracker and Shaun’s Secret Crush.

They both show all IP Addresses as

Is this a bug or do I have something misconfigured?

Posted on Jan 30, '07 at 12:10 pm

I’ve just replaced “XXX Strong Mint” with “Crushes”. They BOTH show(ed) the latest Newest Unique IP-address as “”… Any clues here?

Jeff N
Posted on Jan 30, '07 at 01:25 pm

Updated troubleshooting for the at this thread here: http://haveamint.com/forum/troubleshoot … 0#post_215

Third-Party Pepper Developer
Posted on Feb 02, '07 at 06:35 am

I don’t understand how this pepper works. Sometimes I get the visitor IP, sometimes their ISP name, sometimes their blog URL, and 20 minutes ago I got an email address (I guess because of blog comments - I use WordPress -).

How does Crushes work exactly?

Shaun Inman
Mint/Pepper Developer
Posted on Feb 02, '07 at 11:07 am

Please see Sam’s comment above.

After inputing my site-specific cookie data, crushes works great. However, it would be nice if it not only started recording names AFTER someone made a comment, but based on users’ existing cookies (before crushes was installed). From what I have experienced, it doesn’t do this. Any suggestions?

Posted on Feb 07, '07 at 03:30 pm

Ryan, it does do this I’m pretty sure. I’ve been seeing hits from people who haven’t commented in a while show up.

The code looks like it just scans the $_COOKIE variable which should grab past cookies, so I’ll look into it some more.

Shaun Inman
Mint/Pepper Developer
Posted on Feb 07, '07 at 03:55 pm

However, it would be nice if it not only started recording names AFTER someone made a comment, but based on users’ existing cookies (before crushes was installed)

It can’t do this. Mint didn’t collect that cookie data before Secret Crush was installed. Also, there is no session data associated with that person’s previous hits so Secret Crush wouldn’t function properly even if it did reprocess your existing hits to add the newly discovered visitor name.

By default Mint expires data older than 5 weeks (and I doubt all of that appears at once in any given pane/tab), just give your data a chance to catch up.

Ok, thanks.

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