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running_rabbit07
August 29th, 2009, 12:33 AM
What are spiders in this title, "Currently Active Users (http://ubuntuforums.org/online.php): 8782 (662 members and 7919 guests and 201 Spiders)"

Just wondering.

-grubby
August 29th, 2009, 12:36 AM
They are search engine crawlers. For example, Google bot.

running_rabbit07
August 29th, 2009, 12:40 AM
Oh, ok. Never realized they could track those.

doas777
August 29th, 2009, 12:41 AM
a crawler or spider is a utility that grabs a webpage, and scans it;s source for links. it then follows those links and does the same thing for that page. I use them at work to look for security faults in my web projects. its a good way to do something on every page of a site.

as the previous poster stated, google widely employes crawlers to build it;s indexes.

edit: ahh you beat me. lol

running_rabbit07
August 29th, 2009, 12:42 AM
That's cool. Thanks to both of you for answering.

XubuRoxMySox
August 29th, 2009, 03:23 AM
They are the little minions of Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People. In league with Chaotica of course. Only Captain Proton stands between us and them!