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This is how I see things:
1) A person using AOL requests a page from my server.
2) Multiple AOL spiders come and grab the HTML, images etc.
3) The AOL proxy them serves them the page.
4) The next time an AOL surfer views the page they recieve the cached version.
I can see how this would influence number of hits - multiple spiders will increase hit number if only 1 person views a page, but reduce it if many people view the same page.
How does this system affect session numbers?
What about referer information?
Please correct my outline above if it is not accurate, I'd really like to know what really goes on.
They won't cache a .cgi? page with a question mark in it (session numbers). However, I was surprised to see they will cache some types of cookies.