Msg#: 7947 posted 12:29 am on Dec 28, 2002 (gmt 0)
There is nothing definitive. Just because google "tends" to do things one way or the other, they are not limited to stick with the rules that members her try to put on them.
In either October or November, one of my pages was hit by the freshbot, and only the freshbot, during the main crawl time frame. There was no way for this page to achieve fresh status, and it appeared in the update, so the freshbot must have been acting as a deep crawler at that point. That same month, a couple of my normal "fresh" pages were hit by the deep crawler late in the month. As those pages always appear fresh, it is hard to say that the deep crawler was acting as a freshbot, but I also cannot say that it wasn't, because it sure was acting like one.
In December, I have not noticed any bots behaving differently, but that doesn't mean that they can't change their functionality.