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TurnitinBot/2.0 is this bot harmfull
is this bot can help me any way... or it is useless
osujit

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Msg#: 2899 posted 3:12 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

TurnitinBot/2.0 [turnitin.com...]
is thisbotis harmfull ... is this bot can help me any way... or it is useless... please help me out

 

kevinpate

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Msg#: 2899 posted 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.

Clint



 
Msg#: 2899 posted 5:32 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

[webmasterworld.com...]

Other info I see on it states that it tries to exploit webserver vulnerabilities. Do a search on it (TurnitinBot).

osujit

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Msg#: 2899 posted 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: 64.140.48.25...
not much use full taking unnecessary bandwidth.
thanks again
-sujit

Dijkgraaf

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Msg#: 2899 posted 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.

keyplyr

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Msg#: 2899 posted 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.

Clint



 
Msg#: 2899 posted 12:11 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are all of you showing the bot's IP is 64.140.48.25? I want to go ahead and block it now.

GaryK

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Msg#: 2899 posted 6:52 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

These are the IP Addresses I have on file for this bot:

64.140.49.66
64.140.49.68
64.140.49.69
204.9.204.203

Clint



 
Msg#: 2899 posted 9:35 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks. :)

You don't have 64.140.48.25 listed?

GaryK

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Msg#: 2899 posted 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.

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