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Post by Fairly OddPapiDimmi on December 23rd 2013, 9:55 pm


I got a forum named PapiForums, and I have problem with guests.

When I go to the admin panel and see the IP of the guest, it says on that he/she is from Netherlands, Ukraine, China or some weird crap like that.

All my members are from Norway or USA, but my guests never say Norway or USA, only weird places. When I view the IP to a member, it gets it correct.

Are the guests fake? Are they bots even though it doesn't say they're bots? Or are they real humans, but they're IP isn't correct?

Please help me!  Sad
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Re: Guest count

Post by Derri on December 23rd 2013, 10:23 pm

I honestly wouldn't worry about the location of members, IPs rarely get the location right.

It says I'm from London, whereas I'm in Western Scotland.

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Re: Guest count

Post by Captain Hunk on December 24th 2013, 4:21 pm

I've noticed this as well. Those Guests are tied to whichever connection is used by your members, by your guests if permitted to view your site, or by your self. Bots can be tied to mobile devices and cookies tracking the user. Just keep a log of the extra IPs that surface. If they tend to surface regularly, then take notice of who else is logged in and note that. Nothing to worry about as you'll find.

The oddball IPs are from guests. Probably just browsing and taking a peek of your forum. Nothing really to worry about.
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