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Post by alicia on Sun May 08, 2011 8:09 am

I have my permissions set so that the forums can only be seen and read by registered members for security reasons.

Can someone explain to me how guests are managing to get past the registration/log in page and get into the forums.

When I see a guest online I check the admin panel and sometimes it shows that they are in one of the topics.

I do not like this, it is not what I want to happen.

Thank you

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by Base on Sun May 08, 2011 8:35 am

Hi, if you have your permissions set correctly then you should be fine. Have you unchecked "Read the topics" in the permissions?

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by alicia on Sun May 08, 2011 9:49 am

Hello Base, thank you for your reply.

Yes, everything is set to Members Only, but a few times, when a guest was online and I checked in the admin panel it showed the guest viewing the topics instead of just the forum index.

Just felt a little vulnerable as members use real names and talk about where they live too.

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by MrMario on Sun May 08, 2011 11:57 am

I wouldn't worry about it. If you set the permissions up right, its fine.

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by lisa1302 on Sun May 08, 2011 11:59 am

I think I know what this ... the guest is the bot

I had it my forum and was worried as it was in out private area BUT when I checked the guest was actually a bot for google/bing

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by alicia on Sun May 08, 2011 12:06 pm

Ewww, thanks for that Lisa, I thought I had disabled bots on the forum but maybe you can't fufufu

Do you know what the bots do with the stuff they gather? And what exactly is it they gather. How do you check if it is a bot?

(Sorry to be so thick )

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Post by lisa1302 on Sun May 08, 2011 3:00 pm

You can see on the main index, where it shows who is logged on, says bots.

They are from google and other search engines, they read the posts and thats how you get found on search engines

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by alicia on Mon May 09, 2011 8:54 am

Thank you for explaining Lisa. Very good

We don't really want to be on the search engines but from what you say it doesn't seem like we have a choice.

thank you for this, at least I understand the significance of the 'guests' now.

Someone can lock this thread now. Very Happy

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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by SLGray on Mon May 09, 2011 12:05 pm

Bots are just like guests, they can only read what guests can read on your forums.


When your topic has been solved, ensure you mark the topic solved.
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Solved Re: Guests on the forum

Post by Sanket on Mon May 09, 2011 3:06 pm

Since this thread appears to be solved, I will lock this thread and mark it as solved.


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