What is a "Robot" member?

Discussion in 'Bugs & Feedback' started by Granite Head, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Granite Head

    Granite Head Trekker

    As in the title, I see these logged in along with members and guests?
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    As far as I understand they are just search engine mechanisms, rather than C3PO and his mates :)
  3. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker


    Indeed. It's basically Google and other search engines crawling forums. Most forum scripts have inbuilt accounts for Google etc.
  4. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Robots are a good thing as they will reference our threads in search results on the web. This is why we need to up the content. Build it and they will come lol. I hope to add some more tutorials next week if i get time
  5. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Yes, that's why the robot accounts are built in. It helps with SEO.
  6. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    Not all of them - a lot are spam bots trying to get through registration to post spam. They can impact on server cpu & memorry usage as they will often have multiple hits going on at once & can become a virtual DOS. I would recommned the admins firewall the IP of those bots. There are plenty of sites that will give info on IP's of spambots. I use this one a lot & I believe there is an api for xenforo.
    https://www.projecthoneypot.org/list_of_ips.php

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