| 3:25 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The bot exists to gather information for their service, a service sold to school instructors to aid them in detecting plagiarism by their students.
| 5:32 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Other info I see on it states that it tries to exploit webserver vulnerabilities. Do a search on it (TurnitinBot).
| 5:41 am on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks... for the reply ...
SO it is Not really a search engine, but. turnitinbot/1.4. .is an User Agent: TurnitinBot/1.4
[turnitin.com...] IP: 188.8.131.52...
not much use full taking unnecessary bandwidth.
| 9:38 pm on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Well it might catch students who are trying to pass your work of as their own.
| 9:48 am on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
As an educator myself, at first I was theoretically supportive of TurnitinBot until it came by my site. It requested robots.txt and then proceeded to ignore disallowed list.
Upon further investigation at their site, I found cached copies of my heavy content webpages. The very same pages I don't want copied - LOL
Yes, they sell their service, but so far they haven't offered me my cut.
I emailed them demanding they remove my property from their DB but never received a reply. I now ban them by UA.
| 12:11 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Are all of you showing the bot's IP is 184.108.40.206? I want to go ahead and block it now.
| 6:52 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)|
These are the IP Addresses I have on file for this bot:
| 9:35 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
You don't have 220.127.116.11 listed?
| 3:27 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Nope. But that doesn't mean anything really. Perhaps it uses different IP blocks to crawl different geographic regions. My servers are located in Virginia and Texas in the USA.