what do 'bots' do?

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what do 'bots' do?

Postby actifzoe » Fri May 22, 2015 7:49 pm

In total there were 18 users online :: 4 registered, 0 hidden, 1 bot and 13 guests

what are the bots doing when they're "online"?

and "guests" means random people stopping by?


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Re: what do 'bots' do?

Postby KiwiPete » Sat May 23, 2015 1:03 am

Bots are cool. Wish more would come here.
They're small programs that crawl the internet looking for key words to update search engines. Google's bots go around looking for words that describe a website, then update Google's database. They make websites easier to find when you search for them.

In this place, we have bots from Google, Exabot, Yahoo, Bing, MSNbot, Alexa, Google Adsense & a PSBot (picture search)
Modern search engines don't really use meta tags, so we rely on bots to find us.

And guests are people who have found the board but aren't registered (yet)
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Re: what do 'bots' do?

Postby actifzoe » Sat May 23, 2015 8:30 pm

i see. so a "spam bot" is just some asshole being a jerk?
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Re: what do 'bots' do?

Postby KiwiPete » Sun May 24, 2015 2:01 am

Spambots are automated programmes designed to trawl for forums & post spam/phishing attempts.
We're getting pretty good at spotting them here 7 generally ban by IP or email address.
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Re: what do 'bots' do?

Postby actifzoe » Sun May 24, 2015 7:12 pm

got it.
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