Who said statistics are not important!!! Obviously you don't really care about your users, if you think stats are useless. Building a community is serving the community members' needs. You NEED stats on every site, that has something to do with users (login system). Those people expect something in return that they have registered at your site and they are visiting your site and not somebody elses.
Also, you cannot create ANY kind of strategy (news deployment, marketing, traget groups, community splitting (sorry, not 100% sure of the terminology in englisj) without decent statistics and a complete fill-out-at-will form with user details.
And the phpee seems not quite enough. Check out that one!
It's a free counter, developed by a bulgarian company. I'm not sure you can access this site, it may have restrictions for "outside" connections, as many free bg sites do, but give it a try anyway. IMO, it doesn't slow the site a bit - I use such counters on 5, 6 or maybe 7 sites. The link above shows the stats for one of the most popular bg freemail sites.
This kind of statistics is what a portal, a community site needs, besides all the portal-based stat (view per topic, vote per poll, etc). I find Nuke's stats pathetic and useless and that's one of the many reasons I don't use it.
We need a really good integrated
statistics for the portal. One cannot rely on free counter services, and one wouldn't, if one had a decent intergated stats.