jimcarrel wrote:I totaly agree with you on the "not a real Google Bot"
Does that mean the person registered as Googl_Bot, and slipped into a posting position. That must be a wrong supposition, cause I have Bots on read only now I have even blocked that off. As a matter of fact, all Bots permissions are "never" now, they got me running scared, sort of.
There was no "member" listed as Google_Bot.
I think I may have to have new registrations go thru me for acceptance. or a double registration deal.
Nonetheless, I'm sure I speak for all here, in giving a big Thanks to the Handyman for this chat contribution.
nobody registered as Googlebot… the person just changed their user agent to be Googlebot so they could post using the Googlebot that comes with phpBB3 which is used for setting permissions for the real Googlebot.
I just didn't have the permissions right for bots, so once the person disguised himself as googlebot, he was able to use the chatbox.
It's nothing to be worried about outside of the AJAX Chat Beta 7.
If you set Googlebot to read only, they will be able to index your site and display the contents on google to add your site to the search index.
If you have the permissions set to "never", they can't even get into your forum… so any way you want to do it is fine, but the bug was in the AJAX Chat only.
Bots aren't something to be afraid of… you just have to understand them and take care of the people imbotinating them.