the disable bot feature most likely will disable all bots good and bad.Highway of Life wrote:For bad bots, I usually just take the username -- which is the same as the bot name -- and add it to the username ban list.
You don’t need to ban by IP, since you could’ve already specified the IP when creating the BOT.
I’ve tested this method and it works quite well. -- At least this is the simplest default solution.
There is a "Disable bot" feature, but I don’t know what it does... you might try testing that, as it may achieve the desired effect as well.
Actually, I was thinking of the individual bot setting: Bot Active: Yes/Nocustmguru® wrote:the disable bot feature most likely will disable all bots good and bad.
Still isn't what my request is. I know phpBB has ways to control bots; my MOD request is for the bots/spiders facility to be extended to allow either total blockage (403 forbidden errors) or silent redirection of bots. I want to be able to force certain bots to honey pot pages created as part of ProjectHoneyPot.com.coppro wrote:Right, but you can take each bot user by the hand (or the whole lot) and give them 'never' in every permissions category. They won't make it far.
I've been redirecting them from my blog to a honey pot page for a while now, and my stats on Project Honey Pot have rocketed (they track honey pot page views) since I've done so. Redirects seem to work just fine for me.damnian wrote:Hmm... interesting. However, chances are a bad bot won't handle a redirect. Maybe a standard ban with a link will do?
Well, if they're identified by http:BL as bad bots, why waste their visit? Definitely allow redirecting elsewhere -- a honey pot or QuickLink from Project Honey Pot, or even a page filled with nothing but junk emails, or whatever the user wants.damnian wrote:Maybe I'll cook up something. Should http:BL-blacklisted bots be redirected as well?