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atrax2.pa-x.dec.com (Mercator-2.0)
mivox




msg:396209
 3:13 am on Dec 12, 2000 (gmt 0)

I've heard the name Mercator mentioned... but not in conjunction with this guy. Can't find it on the few spider lists I've checked...

Seems to do a very thorough crawl though, so I hope it's someone good.

atrax2.pa-x.dec.com (Mercator-2.0)

 

Machiavelli




msg:396210
 10:53 am on Dec 12, 2000 (gmt 0)


There is the odd detail
here [webmasterworld.com] and here [webmasterworld.com], as well as in another forum site.

Basically, dec owns AV or vice-versa, and Mercator is supposedly used by a research branch investigating the linked nature of the web. Personally, I think that AV is trying to get some sort of link detail so it can rank pages like Google. Mercator visits my pages a lot.

Who can add to this?

msgraph




msg:396211
 1:24 pm on Dec 12, 2000 (gmt 0)

I agree that they are just checking the linkage on various sites as our server logs show that they do not actually "retrieve and/or store" any of our data. I've seen a few other companies doing the same thing and they state thay they are mainly checking the integrity of links around the web while also checking response time. Maybe Mercator is doing something similar

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