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BOTs Online (23rd Dec 09 at 9:52pm UTC)
Show BOT guests as a pseudo-user instead of a guest, most of my guests are BOTs and I want my number of guests to be more accurate and not include BOTs

List of BOT IPs: http://iplists.com/

Edit: Also can it be possible to prevent the BOTs to get in member only areas? (PMs, Admin Panel, etc.)

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 12:37am UTC)
Bots see as much guests do. So I doubt they can see Member only area's. Unless you have the boards open to categories. and only staff members are allowed to see the Admin Panel.

But I think that would be good to show the names of Bots like on phpBB, Google[Bot]. {Smile}

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 2:07am UTC)
When I look at who's where I will see "guests" in PMs or Admin Panel

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 4:34am UTC)
I don't think that's true. I see the same thing, but as a guest you can't access those area's at all.

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 4:48am UTC)
They are crawler BOTs

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 5:29am UTC)
Yeah, but they are considered Guests. if you put your forum to member only or in Maintenance mode, guests (including Google) can only see the members only and MM part.

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 6:12am UTC)
If you go to the page that you would normally go to to see PMs as a guest, it'd show you an error but still register you as viewing that area. That's where the confusion lies.

There's no chance that a bot can see what a member can see, so don't worry. {Smile}
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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 6:18am UTC)
What about Admin Panel?

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 6:19am UTC)
Same thing. No one other than staff can view the admin panel it's just as if you were a guest and tried to view http://support.virtualforums.co.uk/action/admin it's not possible.

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 9:36am UTC)
I have been considering this for a while. At least to identify the main bots such as Google Bot, Google Adsense, Bing etc.

And as said, there is no way bots can see member only areas. Those who say they're viewing PMs or admin areas are most likely ad-crawlers (trying to determine the best ads to display). They just see either an error message or a login form.

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Re: BOTs Online (24th Dec 09 at 7:36pm UTC)
I would just like my guests online and my guests today to be more accurate so that BOTs would not be counted towards the total

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Re: BOTs Online (29th Dec 09 at 10:26pm UTC)
I have something to add to this, if possible in the templates with showing of members add BOTs like:

Staff
Members
BOTs

Including which ones are online or have been online today in a separate list from Staff and Members

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Re: BOTs Online (11th Jan 10 at 12:33pm UTC)
This is now being tried out on this support forum to see how well it works {Smile}

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Re: BOTs Online (11th Jan 10 at 1:24pm UTC)
Nice

How do you have it?
Will it be like:
{staff_online}
{members_online}
{bots_online}
Or something along those lines?

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Re: BOTs Online (11th Jan 10 at 8:59pm UTC)
I see the Yahoo[Bot] in the info center. Looks good to me! {Smile}

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