Hmm, I did set my stats in OPS to never update. But they did. I was able to successfully rename the stats directory, and the stats script wouldn't run correctly then. But since today is the first of the month, I decided to check..

One thing I did find out though is that the stats directory can be deleted if it is renamed first.

add: I noticed on another account I manage here that renaming the stats directory does not enable it to be deleted..