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    Has anyone noticed that there are about 20 Google spiders currently logged ontothis website??

    I just checked the currently active members page thingy and there are heaps of them...

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    I assume they are just an automated infomation gathering program??

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    Don't think there are any redbacks, but they can bite If you post something a little weird whilst it is reading the page, it'll end up in Google cache, so it'll make no difference if you edit/delete it later

    Yep - they are automated page scrawlers.

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    Sounds like we need to get the GoogleFlickMan in.
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    how does all this stuff work? anyone keen to explain?

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    How do you tell if there are google spiders here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by choiboi
    How do you tell if there are google spiders here?
    If you click on the icon under the "currently active user" heading at the bottom of the main page, it will show you who is online and what they are looking at.

    The google spiders show up under the members (with the guests) usually on page 3. I think there are still couple on at ATM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    Sounds like we need to get the GoogleFlickMan in.


    gulp....

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    wtf is a google spider

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    I've often wondered if this is where we get a lot of spam sent to our e-mail addys.
    My address I use to be informed of PMs from this & three other boards has in recent times started getting all kinds of spam.
    I previously used to use an "aussiefrogs" address but stopped that when it began getting choked by spam; now this one has started so I tend to be a bit paranoid.
    From my understanding, a Google Spidere is effectively spyware that supposedly only collects messages but as they just set a new record on the Stock Exchange for share prices when they went public, you have to guess that they're making money from somewhere and possibly on-selling everybodys e-mail addresses to the scumbags in the spam industry.

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    They sent a response to my request giving an e-mail addy to contact to forward more info and...............................it turns out to be a phoney e-mail address.....think about it next time you're tempted to buy something via a cold canvas phone call to your number; even their regulating body can't even play it straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purrr-geot
    wtf is a google spider
    You can learn a bit more here http://www.google.com/webmasters/index.html it's just a webcrawler that gathers details on URL's in order to index them for Google Searches. Nothing scary and there are simple ways to stop it if you want.

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    Spiders crawl websites to collect data that is searchable via a search engine such as Lycos, Google, AltaVista, Yahoo!, MSN and excite, etc... . In effect it indexes the entire internet into something that is easily acsesible. With the right options specified. you can stop these "spiders" from crawling your website by puting the right options in directories of your website that you do not want the spider to get to.

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    Don't worry about email address privacy. \
    Since we have been on vBulletin software, all email addresses are hidden.
    If you actually type your email address in a post, no one can save you.

    You will notice if you attempt to send an email to another member, you are presented with a submission form, no email address is viewable.

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