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BOTs harvesting profile information?

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BOTs harvesting profile information?

I've just noticed in the list Who's Online List a number of Guests who are shown as "Viewing xxx's profile.". Because of the number of them I think these are BOTs.
Is there a good reason to allow this or should guests be barred from viewing profiles?
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

Hi Jelv,
I've just flagged this to Colin for you.
Cheers,
Matt
avalon
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

This one is most intriguing
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Guest 10:52 Nothing, or nothing you can see...

How can a guest view nothing, or something that I, a logged in user, can't see?
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

Ohh that one has come up before and there is a thread on it somewhere....
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

I think that was in relation to moderators and Plusnet staff who have extra forums not visible to us. But I wouldn't expect to see that for Guest!
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

If the mods want to change that, they'll need to debate it themselves Smiley
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Re: BOTs harvesting profile information?

No guest activity should be invisible to any registered user.