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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:02 pm

Just noticed on looking who was browsing the forum, there was one registered user (presumably ME), 3 hidden users, 1 guest, and one bot.

The hell's a hidden user? Have we got Rangers patrolling our borders?Question 

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Post by bungobaggins Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:21 pm

It's the NSA.

I've wondered for a while, "What do the bots actually do?"

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Post by David H Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:21 pm

Sofa 
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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:26 pm

I think they're google bots, but who knows, they might be killer bots!
Sofa 

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Post by malickfan Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:41 pm

Part of me is hopeful one of the hidden users is Phillpa Boyens Twisted Evil 

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Post by Norc Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:49 pm

hidden users is, i think, users like me who decided to hide when we're online Smile
i chose to do it because someone kept sending me PMs whenever i was online and then became really sour whenever i didn't reply within two minutes. so yeah, hidden users just hide their online-status. for some reason Smile
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Post by Mrs Figg Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:55 pm

I think I am a hidden user, but I cant remember why, and how.
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Post by bungobaggins Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:58 pm

halfwise wrote:I think they're google bots, but who knows, they might be killer bots!
Sofa 
They might be friendly bots.

What's a hidden user? OFG.MSTK3joelbots

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Post by Norc Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:00 pm

Mrs Figg wrote:I think I am a hidden user, but I cant remember why, and how.
yes, i've noticed Wink u post but u never show up Smile
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Post by Mrs Figg Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:01 pm

I think theres a few of us that are hidden, Dave and Elthir are hidden as well I think.
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Post by Amarië Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:07 pm

In preferences under Profile you have the option to
"Hide my online status: yes/no"

Choose yes and your username will not show on the bottom of the page. (Well, we mods can see it. But we won't tell anyone.)

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Post by Amarië Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:18 pm

Ok, just to get it of my chest:

I seeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuu!

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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:19 pm

Oh that's how you do it. The equivalent of going out with big sunglasses and a hat. I guess everyone's more popular than I am. Rolling Eyes 

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Post by Eldorion Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:23 pm

Norc and Amarie have got this one covered. Smile Also, hidden users don't have their "last online" information on the Memberlist, even in Mod-Vision, which makes it harder to keep track of activity. Razz
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Post by Elthir Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:33 pm

Am I hidden? I see the 'green line' next to me... so to speak.

Yes there it is. Others can't?
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Post by Eldorion Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:38 pm

You can see it and mods can see it, but that's it.

For non-hidden members, the online indicator is visible to all other members as well as guests viewing the forum without an account.
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Post by Elthir Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:57 pm

Oh thanks. I guess I am hidden then.

No wonder my wife has trouble finding me for chores!
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Post by Eldorion Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:16 pm

I guess it's good for something then! cyclops
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Post by RA Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:16 pm

What's flood control?

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Post by Eldorion Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:17 pm

Flood control prevents people from making more than one post every x seconds.  It's done to deter spamming, and also helps prevent accidental double posts if someone clicks the "send" button too many times (though it's not always successful at either Razz).
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Post by RA Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:18 pm

Makes sense then.

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Post by Norc Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:31 pm

the flood control is actually just a bother..
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Post by bungobaggins Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:24 pm

I still want to know what the bots do, and why it says "Google," and one time I saw one that said "Bing" I think.

Like right now. It says "Bots: Google (2)", but it says "1 Bot" right above that.

I don't get it.

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Post by Eldorion Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:47 pm

Sorry, I missed that question earlier, bungo.  The bots are here to collect information for search engines.  Google, Bing, and others send out their bots to trawl through millions upon millions of webpages that are recorded, indexed, and used to generate search results.  That's how Google is able to show both the name of a page and a sample of the text on it (unless that site blocks bots through robots.txt, in which case Google will display a message beneath the result stating as much). The bots also follow links between sites, as links are a crucial part of Google's search and ranking algorithms.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:49 pm

So, they are spies!! Shocked Where's Mirabella? Does the Sherriffs department know about this?

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