Why the mob 'o bots?

Discussion in 'Technical Forum Discussion' started by Fr. Bill, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Fr. Bill

    Fr. Bill Member

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    The feature which shows how many entities are online often shows a largish number of robots. As I pen this, there are 23 online (!) -- three members (though only 3 of them are named), 10 guests, and 9 robots. Often the robots outnumber everyone else.

    Is this a feature? or a bug?
     
  2. JonahAF

    JonahAF Moderator Staff Member Typist Anglican

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    As I understand these things, the 'robots' are actually search engines from around the world (google, bing, yandex, baidou and others) which continuously crawl everything on the internet, scouring its contents.

    See what I mean:
    http://forums.anglican.net/online/?type=robot

    They are identified apart from regular guests, I think, in order not to give an incorrect figure of human visitors.
     

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