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What exactly are the [Bot]'s doing?

Postby Peg Leg » April 3rd, 2013, 10:34 am

What sort of info do these things gather?
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Re: What exactly are the [Bot]'s doing?

Postby limecat » April 3rd, 2013, 11:26 am

generally they're related to search engines, which are checking for new pages / posts to add to their index.
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Re: What exactly are the [Bot]'s doing?

Postby TheBear » April 3rd, 2013, 11:26 am

Peg Leg wrote:What sort of info do these things gather?

They archive the site for search engines, generally. They also take a snap shot of each webpage, so that pages which are no longer available online can be viewed as cached pages.

On a forum that I was previously a moderator on, you could sometimes find cached pages which showed a post which was half-written and not yet posted, as it happened to have been snapped by a bot.
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Re: What exactly are the [Bot]'s doing?

Postby meinster » April 3rd, 2013, 4:56 pm

Peg Leg wrote:What sort of info do these things gather?

Everything you can see (when not logged in). Posts, posters, search queries, etc.

TheBear wrote:you could sometimes find cached pages which showed a post which was half-written and not yet posted, as it happened to have been snapped by a bot.
If true, that was down to a seriously mis-configured forum.
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Re: What exactly are the [Bot]'s doing?

Postby TheBear » April 3rd, 2013, 6:29 pm

meinster wrote:
Peg Leg wrote:What sort of info do these things gather?

Everything you can see (when not logged in). Posts, posters, search queries, etc.

TheBear wrote:you could sometimes find cached pages which showed a post which was half-written and not yet posted, as it happened to have been snapped by a bot.
If true, that was down to a seriously mis-configured forum.

Or I could see it because of my permissions, maybe?
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