∞House wrote:The Bots Group is one of the Core Groups in phpBB3. It cannot be deleted because it was hard-coded into the software. On top of that, this particular group is there for a very specific purpose: the proper handling of webcrawler/spider/bots' sessions. So when these visitors (like Googlebot) do visit your forum, they will be recognized by their User Agent. - A user-agent is not something in phpBB, but rather a string provided to the webserver by the crawler/bot, or even the web browser that you're using at the moment. (My personal user-agent is "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/2008070208 Firefox/3.0.1 BETA!".)
What this MOD does is add a list of user-agents which are known to be used by these bots. So when they visit, they are simply identified and are handled as per the permissions set for the Bot Group. By default, there are no security issues what so ever with this. But you can theoretically give them more access to your board then you would normally want to under any foreseeable circumstance. - Such is with the Guest Group. You could give Guests ACP rights, for example. (Unless this has been denied at the file-level. I haven't personally tried, though it's a good example.)
∞House wrote:You know on the "Manage bots" page(, when you click the "Spiders/Robots" link), how you can scroll down the list and there's a button that says "Add bot"? Well, this is just a script that Adds about 100 currently known robots/webcrawlers to that list. So really, it just saves you the time and hassle of adding them.
That said, (and I'm only emphasizing this for everyone else, Peter77sx ) it does not make these bots/crawlers visit your website. It only means that they'll be properly listed and handled by phpBB when they do find your site. - And if/when they do (depending solely on whether or not your website gets enough traffic, naturally), then yes, they will surely be listed in the Who's-Online box/etc.
hmm I missed that one, will get it in next version∞House wrote:Tim, at least one of those bots are listed twice in the array.
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'Fast PartnerSite' => array('Fast PartnerSite Crawler', ''),
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General Error SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ] Duplicate entry 'java [bad bot]' for key 2  SQL INSERT INTO phpbb_users (username, username_clean, user_password, user_pass_convert, user_email, user_email_hash, group_id, user_type, user_permissions, user_arcade_permissions, user_timezone, user_dateformat, user_lang, user_style, user_actkey, user_ip, user_regdate, user_passchg, user_options, user_inactive_reason, user_inactive_time, user_lastmark, user_lastvisit, user_lastpost_time, user_lastpage, user_posts, user_reputation, user_dst, user_colour, user_occ, user_interests, user_avatar, user_avatar_type, user_avatar_width, user_avatar_height, user_new_privmsg, user_unread_privmsg, user_last_privmsg, user_message_rules, user_full_folder, user_emailtime, user_notify, user_notify_pm, user_notify_type, user_allow_pm, user_allow_viewonline, user_allow_viewemail, user_allow_massemail, user_sig, user_sig_bbcode_uid, user_sig_bbcode_bitfield, user_form_salt) VALUES ('Java [Bad bot]', 'java [bad bot]', '', 0, '', '00', 6, 2, '', '', 0, 'D M d, Y g:i a', 'en', 1, '', '', 1221771853, 1221771853, 895, 0, 0, 1221771853, 0, 0, '', 0, 5, 0, '9E8DA7', '', '', '', 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, -3, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, '', '', '', '36364aec869878b6') BACKTRACE FILE: includes/db/mysql.php LINE: 158 CALL: dbal->sql_error() FILE: includes/functions_user.php LINE: 254 CALL: dbal_mysql->sql_query() FILE: bots.php LINE: 191 CALL: user_add() FILE: bots.php LINE: 207 CALL: add_bots2()
First let me just say this, this mod DOES NOT make bots visit your forum, this mod onlys adds about 100 bots to your current list of bots, so if they visit your forum they will get the proper permissions.megalomania wrote:Just out of pure curiousity and newbieness.. What would 100 bots do on your forum? What good are they?