kaled - 8:12 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0) As I said, this may be tricky, but it is doable and not overly messy. Kaled.
To create a bot detector
1) Log every page hit. Keep a separate log for each IP address but erase periodically (say every 24 hours).
2) As soon as one log exceeds a given size, trigger analyis program. This might not need to be any more complex than checking the standard deviation/rate/total of page hits.
3) Once a bot is detected, return the same error page irrespective of requested url. On that page supply a contact mechanism. If requested more than, say 3 times, refuse all further requests entirely.
As I said, this may be tricky, but it is doable and not overly messy.