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What is a BOT and can I stop it ?

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Post by red queen on July 13th 2011, 5:42 pm

There are only two of us who do the Admin for our small social forum and neither of us are technical. It would appear today that we had a visit from a guest and a BOT. After searching on the internet I assume this is some mechanism for collecting email addresses in order to send out spam messages.

Is there any way I can block access to both the BOT and uninvited guests.

Thanks in advance.

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Post by Base on July 13th 2011, 5:45 pm

Hi, I can assure you that bots are completely harmless. In fact, they can be considered as a good thing. Here's an explanation about bots: http://help.forumotion.com/t55170-bots-who-and-what-they-are

As for blocking access, bots and guests have the same permissions. So as long as you have the correct permissions set up for your guests then the same should apply for the bots. Wink

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Post by red queen on July 13th 2011, 5:51 pm

@Base wrote:Hi, I can assure you that bots are completely harmless. In fact, they can be considered as a good thing. Here's an explanation about bots: http://help.forumotion.com/t55170-bots-who-and-what-they-are

As for blocking access, bots and guests have the same permissions. So as long as you have the correct permissions set up for your guests then the same should apply for the bots. Wink

Thank you so much, for your reassurance. You can now close this topic.

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Post by Base on July 13th 2011, 5:53 pm

Great! You're welcome, glad I could help. Very Happy

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