lucy24 - 9:48 pm on Sep 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Heads-up for people who block by name rather than IP:
Couple of days ago I started getting brief visits from something calling itself discoverybot. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Detour to raw logs tells me that up until June I occasionally saw a "discobot" coming from 126.96.36.199. (Robots aren't entitled to privacy are they?) And that's the name that comes up in WebmasterWorld searches.
This one's based at 148.120 but is beyond question the same robot. www page coded by the same color-blind 19-year-old and everything.
I realize a lot of people avoid the issue by locking out the whole 188.8.131.52/8 range (PSInet/Cogent). I can't, because a surprising number of Canadian schools live there. So I'll continue watching the robot. So far it hasn't done anything to cause serious annoyance.