We pour our hearts and countless hours into the development and support of SexyBookmarks and only have the best intentions. We really appreciate your feedback and if you look at our history we've always corrected any mistakes (unintentional) that we ever make. Our users are our #1 focus and priority.
Also, in our latest release we've also added clear descriptions in multiple locations, including the admin panel, for complete clarity.
If you were running the last version of the plugin (188.8.131.52) and had "Track Performance" check box turned off then no 3rd party scripts should have been loading whatsoever. We have again tested this and confirmed that there are no apparent bugs. If possible, can you point to your site so we can check for any possible issues or conflicts with other plugins?
We provide detailed social analytics back to our users. This is an integral and very important and popular part of the offering that provides tremendous value to users. You should check them out if you haven't already.
Shareaholic reports all important social media metrics including popular pages, referral channels, and who are making referrals and spreading webpages on the internet on the publishers behalf bringing back more traffic and new visitors. The value these reports provide to our users can be measured by their tremendous popularity. In addition these scripts track usage metrics that are crucial to improving the sharing tools & services. Alongside engaging with the community, internal metrics are our data-driven way to deliver the best possible product.
The plugin homepage now even more clearly communicates for what we may track and that we may include 3rd party calls to enhance the data from time to time (just like WordPress does with their own plugins WP-Stats and Jetpack). In addition there is an easy explicit way for users to switch on/off this feature completely from the wp-admin panel via a simple checkbox. We're one of the very few plugins that does this.
On closer examination, we could have more clearly communicated how certain
features operated in the directory listing and plugin dashboard. We have
taken immediate corrective steps to do so now. We really appreciate your feedback and, I hope, your continued support.