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The referrer was two different competitors of ours... when their pages load, this bot goes out and snags images from our site and loads them not in a hot link, but snags the image then displays it in an app of sorts.
>>because this time it sent a referrer of another website<<
What referrer, who sent, how and when? Can you please be more specific?
In addition, it is never appropriate to link to any website that you operate or that hosts your own content - no matter how authoritative that content may be.
No probs, I agree. That's why there are simple ways to block crawlers from crawling - tell them where you don't allow them to go. That's how you block google, right?
many of us block all but the basic googlebot
What's all this pretension comparing yourself to Google?
Why not just deny the 176 Class A, and be down with it ;)
I am a low life thief.
I am trying to steal an image owned by: