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spokespider looks like a business directory/networking bot idiotgirl msg:3696943 6:37 am on Jul 12, 2008 (gmt 0) 64.13.130.XX - - [11/Jul/2008:12:20:03 -0400] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 301 254 "-" "SpokeSpider/1.0 (http://support.spoke.com/webspider/) Mozilla/5.0 (not really)" 64.13.130.XX - - [11/Jul/2008:12:20:03 -0400] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 3631 "-" "SpokeSpider/1.0 (http://support.spoke.com/webspider/) Mozilla/5.0 (not really)"
Looks like an upstart out of Silicon Valley looking to be the next Facebook or something. The web site is not very complete, which always makes me a bit uneasy as to their intentions.
I'll try "SpokeSpider/1.0" and see if it obeys robots.txt next time through.
wilderness msg:3721659 4:07 am on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)
71.6.45.zzz - - [12/Aug/2008:17:30:51 -0500] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 4740 "-" "SpokeSpider/1.0 (http://support.spoke.com/webspider/) Mozilla/5.0 (not really)"
Requested robots and home page six times in succession over four seconds.
Spider (like crawler) is taboo!
idiotgirl msg:3722632 2:22 am on Aug 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
I've been so worn out guessing the exact right user agents to ban I've just gone to whitelisting, any more. Besides, most of the oddball and/or new bots don't give a rip about robots.txt, or behave like uncaged baboons, so it's just easier to say no, no, and NO to them. They do nothing for me other than suck bandwidth and fill up my log files with whacked requests. So, it's adios to them. No kiss on the cheek, no Christmas cards.