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What are spiders, and why do they come here and read threads?

  1. May 26, 2005 #1
    What are spiders, and why do they come here and read threads?
     
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  3. May 26, 2005 #2

    James R

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    They are automated agents sent out by search sites such as google to gather indexing information.
     
  4. May 26, 2005 #3
    What would "indexing information" be?
     
  5. May 26, 2005 #4

    arildno

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    It means that they slurp.
     
  6. May 26, 2005 #5

    jtbell

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    It means that threads on PF will turn up in (e.g.) Google search results when you do an appropriate search.
     
  7. May 26, 2005 #6
    So, it sounds the the stuff on google etc. is only info they have previously "indexed". Google finds things for you from its own records, and not by actually going out and looking for it on request. I didn't realize that.

    Thanks.
     
  8. May 26, 2005 #7
    Yes, but I understand they pretty much has 'the whole web' storaged, hence the ability to load google hits from their server, even if the page's actual server is broken.
     
  9. May 26, 2005 #8

    dextercioby

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    Yep,it happened to me before to bump into server errors because of this "trick" by Google.

    Daniel.
     
  10. May 29, 2005 #9

    Monique

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    The spiders have started replying to threads! :eek:
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  11. May 29, 2005 #10
    That's so creepy. Now I have no idea who is a spider and who's a real person.
     
  12. May 29, 2005 #11

    dextercioby

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    I hope i'm not on a spider's buddy list...:uhh:

    How recent is new photo in your avatar,Monique...?I assume it's you.

    Daniel.
     
  13. May 29, 2005 #12

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    This is information I didn't even need to have cross my mind! :eek:
    :rofl:

    I've been finding the presence of spiders around here disturbing for sometime now (as has Daniel). https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=63773

    Though, I've noticed we have a member now whose username is "google", which is really oddly disturbing to me when I see threads started by google! :surprised:
     
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  14. May 30, 2005 #13
    Don't fear us.
     
  15. May 30, 2005 #14
    Die, spider! Die! Die! I stomp on you!!!!!!
     
  16. May 30, 2005 #15

    Doc Al

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    Yeah, what's up with that? I noticed that today, but I've yet to see a reply from "NPBot Spider".
     
  17. May 30, 2005 #16

    Monique

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    You should look at a few posts back in this thread :uhh:
     
  18. May 30, 2005 #17

    Doc Al

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    Well, yes, I saw the reply in this thread. But when I view "Who's Online" I see the spider replying to all sorts of threads. Yet where are the replys?
     
  19. May 30, 2005 #18
    I IP blocked all NPBot's yesterday. They are useless spiders. They come from Name Protect, a company that monitors Intellectual Property infringment.
     
  20. May 30, 2005 #19

    Monique

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    I think someone heard you: http://uploadyourimages.com/view/322363modifyingbuddylist.jpg The spider has just put you from his buddy to the ignore list (7th from bottom down) :bugeye: I've even seen spiders send private messages, and one is sharing a thread with a FRIEND! (4th from top) :eek:

    The photo used to be my old avatar (me), I thought I'd put it back up for a while.
     
  21. May 30, 2005 #20

    Monique

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    Oh really? The other NPBot was me joking around :tongue:
     
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