Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Do not post support requests, bug reports or feature requests. Discuss phpBB here. Non-phpBB related discussion goes in General Discussion!
Anti-Spam Guide
Post Reply
User avatar
paulie
Registered User
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Location: Hull, East Yorkshire.

Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by paulie » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:47 am

Just wondering! What purpose does it serve if any?
'Life in the Air Age isn't all the brochures say ...'

User avatar
david63
Jr. Extension Validator
Posts: 14731
Joined: Thu Dec 19, 2002 8:08 am
Location: Lancashire, UK
Name: David Wood
Contact:

Re: Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by david63 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:50 am

To allow control of what the bots can, or cannot, index on your board
David
Remember: You only know what you know and - you don't know what you don't know!
My CDB Contributions | How to install an extension
I will not be accepting translations for any of my extensions in Github - please post any translations in the appropriate topic.
No support requests via PM or email as they will be ignored

User avatar
paulie
Registered User
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Location: Hull, East Yorkshire.

Re: Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by paulie » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:12 pm

david63 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:50 am
To allow control of what the bots can, or cannot, index on your board
Thank you.
'Life in the Air Age isn't all the brochures say ...'

User avatar
AmigoJack
Registered User
Posts: 5332
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:33 am
Location: グリーン ヒル ゾーン
Contact:

Re: Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by AmigoJack » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:43 am

Have you looked up the manual before asking this?
The worst thing about censorship is ███████████

User avatar
paulie
Registered User
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Location: Hull, East Yorkshire.

Re: Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by paulie » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:18 am

AmigoJack wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:43 am
Have you looked up the manual before asking this?
Obviously if I had, then I wouldn't be asking the question.

I have now though, so thank you.
'Life in the Air Age isn't all the brochures say ...'

User avatar
thecoalman
Community Team Member
Community Team Member
Posts: 2797
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 3:52 am
Location: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Contact:

Re: Why does phpBB include a 'Bots' group?

Post by thecoalman » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:50 pm

The bots group is no replacement for a robots.txt file if you want to block bot access. The ability to identify bots can be useful for fine tuning things, for example I have a bunch of forums I do not want indexed but are publicly available. They also have ads on them which requires Googles adsbot to index them, I set up separate group just for that bot and granted access to those forums.

Post Reply

Return to “phpBB Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Exabot [Bot] and 24 guests