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Who are these guys ?

  1. Feb 14, 2005 #1

    dextercioby

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    Okay,guys & gals,i know i'm too curious (and probably gonna die,because of that*removed emoticon*),but,as checking the "Who's online" page,i came across something intriguiging:
    QUESTION;Who are "Yahoo Slurp Spiders"...???And what do they do for a living??

    Daniel.

    P.S.*emoticon removed*
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2005 #2

    arildno

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    Dear me!
    Up till now I've lived in blissful ignorance of the existence of slurp spiders (my online option was set on members only); but now, I'm getting scared..
    (it doesn't exist slurp spiders underneath my bed, does it?)
     
  4. Feb 14, 2005 #3

    dextercioby

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    Sorry,Arlidno,but i'm so stupid,that i didn't get the joke.Or wasn't it a joke ?? :tongue2:

    Daniel.

    P.S.Fot the joke case:*rofl*:tongue2:
     
  5. Feb 14, 2005 #4

    Moonbear

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    I only just noticed those today too! I really don't like spiders. I've vaguely heard of spiders in a web context, but am not entirely sure what they do. I suspect they are the things that run around capturing web pages for search engines (there was a google one in there too earlier). But, I did find it somewhat disturbing they were called "slurp" spiders. Scary, awful images of giant, drooling arachnids trying to suck out our brains are going to haunt my nightmares tonight! Eeewwww!!!!

    For that matter, I've never before been able to see the list of all the pages guests are viewing either. Did something change in the settings so we don't just see members in the "Who's Online" page?

    Edit: Okay, I found out who these guys are, but their name is still giving me the creepy crawlies! And I still don't know why I can suddenly see that they are there when I never could before. http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp/
     
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  6. Feb 14, 2005 #5

    arildno

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    Perhaps the spiders chose to reveal themselves today..
    What might that mean?
     
  7. Feb 14, 2005 #6

    arildno

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    Message alert:
    At the next to last page, I found a "googlebot. spider" lurking.
    But only seconds later, it was nowhere to be found!
    Keep your eyes open and watch your back..
     
  8. Feb 14, 2005 #7

    Moonbear

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    *Grabs can of RAID and vacuum cleaner* I really, truly hate spiders. If you want to see me act like a total wimp, let a big, fat, furry spider into my house. Just remember, if you do that, I'm shoving you toward it to get rid of it. :biggrin: Though the really big ones get herded out the door because I'd rather chase them with a broom than squash them. :yuck:
     
  9. Feb 14, 2005 #8

    Moonbear

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    Makes you wonder if The Matrix is really fiction, doesn't it? *cues Twilight Zone music*
     
  10. Feb 14, 2005 #9

    dextercioby

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    Thanks,Moonbear,that's a very unfortunate (and creepy) use of names,indeed...Idiots...*Yukk*

    Daniel.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2005 #10

    arildno

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    All-right, I saw your edit now Moonbear; but the presence of the "googlebot.com spider" remain unexplained..
     
  12. Feb 14, 2005 #11

    Moonbear

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    That's Google's version. That's the one that gives me images of The Matrix style robot-like spiders. Still creepy, but not as bad as the images the word "slurp" brings to mind. As if I don't have enough trouble falling asleep.
     
  13. Feb 14, 2005 #12
    The name **spiders** go well with **web** and one can have a decent analogy why it would **crawl** the **web**. Personally, i think thats a nice geeky name for a "Web site indexer". Ofcourse, everyone doesnt have to like the names. I wonder what would u guys feel if u were using linux. I guess you would be surprised to see that u have to type gimp to start a photo editing tool :p.

    gimp : Disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
    (Dont even try to relate this meaning with the software :p)

    -- AI
     
  14. Feb 14, 2005 #13

    Tom Mattson

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    :rofl: You guys are too funny!

    I believe that the bots and spiders are just indexing our site for their search engines. I actually search PF more often with Google than with our own search feature. It works a lot better. :redface:
     
  15. Feb 14, 2005 #14

    Moonbear

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    What's the computer geek fascination with creepy crawly things? First it was bugs, then viruses and worms, now spiders, and not just spiders, but Slurp spiders (y'know, it's mostly that slurping sound that is bothering me). Must be from all those geeks who sit by the computer eating all day, not picking up their crumbs or washing their dishes. The whole darn internet needs to be fumigated! :rofl:

    Yeah, I've noticed that too about Google being better at finding PF threads than the search feature here. When I'm looking for a specific post, and it's in the middle of a LONG thread, our search engine (unless I missed something somewhere) only takes me to the start of the thread rather than to the specific post that matches the search terms. Even if I search within the thread, it doesn't seem that helpful.

    Nonetheless, why do we suddenly see them when I've never seen them before? I'm sure they've always been around, but it's just much better to not have to look at them. :tongue2:

    Edit: nevermind that last question, I found the menu to display only members instead of "All" so I don't have to see spiders crawling around anymore.
     
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