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Unidentified robots.txt access
Any reason not to ban them?
carfac




msg:3727541
 7:51 pm on Aug 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi:

I see a lot of "whatevers" (bots probably, real humans, I doubt) reading my robots.txt... with no user agent.

Any reason not to just write a new rule in and just instantly ban anyone who reads robots.txt with no UA?

 

wilderness




msg:3727832
 5:01 am on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

carfac,
Seem to recall you participating in Forum 11 (Search Engine Sipder ID?)

There are many threads and multiple criteria to both permit and deny blank UA's, however each webmaster must determine what is beneficial or detrimental to their own site (s).

A search [google.com]

One result, your own inquiry from 2002 [webmasterworld.com]

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