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Who need my forum look over & over again
My stat shows a lot of hits

 8:54 am on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

My stat shows a lot of hits on forum from single IP.
During 2 days it look through my forum about 4-5 times (everything including users profiles). No post were posted. I wonder what it may be. Rather robor cos manyally it seems pretty hard to do.
I have significant increase in views.
Thank you so much in advance.
Peace & inspiration!



 12:17 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds like it could be a crawl from a robot. I get these all the time. Could you post an example of a line WITHOUT an ip address?


 12:20 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

As webdude says it is probably a robot. Can you check your log files?


 12:57 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you guys for tenderness.
Here it is. Just some exaples.

09/23/2004 01:51:43 PM/forum/index.php
09/23/2004 01:51:46 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 01:51:51 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 01:51:53 PM/forum/viewforum.php
09/23/2004 01:51:57 PM/forum/viewforum.php
09/23/2004 01:52:00 PM/forum/viewforum.php
09/23/2004 01:52:03 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 01:52:06 PM/forum/viewforum.php

09/23/2004 02:15:26 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:15:42 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:15:51 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:15:55 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:16:01 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:16:04 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 02:16:08 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 02:16:12 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 02:16:16 PM/forum/viewtopic.php
09/23/2004 02:16:20 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:16:23 PM/forum/privmsg.php

09/23/2004 02:25:08 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:25:11 PM/forum/profile.php
09/23/2004 02:25:20 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:25:28 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:25:36 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:25:44 PM/forum/privmsg.php
09/23/2004 02:25:54 PM/forum/profile.php
09/23/2004 02:26:05 PM/forum/profile.php
09/23/2004 02:26:09 PM/forum/profile.php
09/23/2004 02:26:18 PM/forum/profile.php

IP with 10 numbers from the States.


 1:09 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

What kind of log files are these? They are not giving you very much information. You should change the info that is captured in your logs. It is better for security and, as you are finding out, better for tracking down needed information. I would recommend logging the following...

Client IP
User Name
Service Name
Server IP
Server Port
Bytes Sent
Bytes Received
User Agent

Where and how to change this depends on platform and web server.

Just my 2 cents


 1:13 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would also add ...

URI Stem
URI Query
Protocol Status

Up to 4 cents.


 1:21 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you, webdude,
I use no-brand-name php stat soft. Will try to configure its options.


 1:27 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Shape, this sounds like a "bad bot". Forums are great targets for various kinds of crawlers, particularly e-mail harvesters.

Once you see its user agent info or can verify that the IP isn't a good bot (like Googlebot), you may want to ban the IP and/or user agent. You'll also want to configure your stats program (if you use it to see how busy your forum is) to ignore identified bots to avoid incorrect statistics.


 2:15 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

rogerd, thank you.
It is really sound like that.
Good luck!

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