DigitalEro Offline

What are those "bots"?

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 03:28:36


I'm curious. At the bottom of a webpage it shows all active people looking at these boards and using the site. Sometimes I see something labeled a [bot] such as the Google [bot]. Who or what are these things? You can't click on them to view a profile so they definitely aren't normal accounts.
Sat, 07 Jun 2014 03:44:47


Bots are special user accounts defined within our forum software. They are used for web crawlers (such as Google Search) in order to list them with their name in the "who is online" section and grant them access to read topics on our site. This way they can read the threads, add them to their search index so our site is easier to find for new users. Simple as that.