Can anyone shed any light on ExactSeek? Forums search doesn't turn up anything more recent than 2008; most discussion is much earlier (thread numbers in the lower 4 digits, meaning 2003 or so). I get the impression they're a pay-for-inclusion, by-request-only search engine... but if so, what's their robot doing on my site? I've definitely never had any interaction with them, but they've been crawling sporadically for months, with a previous spurt of activity last year. (Do they take the winter off? Where do they go?)
Viewed purely as a robot they're perfectly well behaved: always ask for robots.txt and appear to obey it. ("Appear to" = none of my roboted-out directories are directly linked from the front page, and they never go beyond the first link, except for one directory that for some reason seems to interest them.)
What do they want, and will it do any harm to let them have it?
There's a blast from the past. If I remember rightly it used to be a PFI search engine, but I think they used a third party search provider for when they didnít have sponsored listings. Thats going way back, and TBO I havenít heard very much at all from them lately.
I had a look at their site and their results all show the Alexa logo next to them. I wonder if the Exactseek UA is being used by Alexa?