Doubtful. I know of one big backlink checking site that hits Google for 30k spiderings a day and they have never been banned.
I've seen that warning several times in the last couple of weeks. I put it down to somebody playing silly beggers through one of NTL's transparent proxies, but then thinking about it they should be able to pick up your Google uber-cookie to idenfity individual users, so i'd be inclined to agree that they do have an over-zelous bot checking algo running at the moment!
adds: just looked at your location in profile - are you on NTL also? Perhaps it is our "network".... :o
[edited by: dmorison at 1:44 pm (utc) on Aug. 16, 2005]
>>> Anyone else seen this...
Been happening for a couple months now.
sorry - my bad - I thought you meant you were banned in addition to the warning. Ya, as pmac said - it has been mentioned for a few months in the forums now.
|adds: just looked at your location in profile - are you on NTL also? Perhaps it is our "network".... :o |
Wouldn't touch 'em with a bargepole - too many friends are wailing and gnashing their teeth about downtime.
No, I tried my queries on two different ISPs, one a public ISP and one on a corporate network.
All my queries failed, though by the time this thread appeared, both networks I tried can now issue the allinurl: command and move beyond the first page...
Google owes me USD 67.00 on this! I got so worried with that message that I purchased an anti-virus software only to find out my Mac was totally clean. After that I had to disable the anti as it slows down some software quite noticably. Glad to see it's not just me getting that mesage.
aw promis that's not funny; I would definately write them - you never know.
dmorison, I know it's not funny. I miss that money, but now that Google has gone public I guess they also have gone stingy and writing to them would just be a loss of time. Thanks for the thought though. Anyway I think they may be getting a commission from the anti guys since they actually suggest a link for buying the anti software. They may be having an affiliate relationship with them... and I am not being funny this time. Why provide a specific link anyhow? That's good business: Get people scared they've got a virus or spyware and link to an online anti-virus seller, then get the commission! It's a case one could win in court you know...
I've started banning compromised (and SPAMmer spider) machines from my sites so as to save ~5% of my bandwidth and to stop them grabbing *more* copies of my email address (every SPAMmer worth their scraped pigs has had it since 1992 anyway)!
And Google's problem must be a lot bigger than mine, even in proportion to overall traffic!
I experienced that message several times last week when going to the second page of [allinurl:keyword] searches, on a brand new machine. I then tried my searches from different networks and computers, but the same message was being displayed.
IMO, just another templated message from our fav company.