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8:32 pm on Jul 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2) Insitesbot/1.0

IP: 138.91.73.109
Microsoft Corp 138.91.0.0/16

First detected Feb 2014
No robots.txt requests
No online info, hence blocked till further notice
1:26 am on July 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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"Microsoft Insights is a combination of events and resources that provides guidance for those seeking to advance their skills or launch their career in technology"

and a different org (non-MS)
"InSites can help you and your organization use inquiry tools to facilitate change and ensure learning and growth through evaluation, research, planning, and decision-making activities."
5:49 am on July 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I block that /16, have for a long time. Too much dev stuff.
3:29 am on July 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If only the new Bod at the top would turn his machette to the bot department. 18000 fewer would be advantageous.
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If only the new Bod at the top would turn his machette to the bot department. 18000 fewer would be advantageous.
LARTing the people in Bing who cannot read and understand the Sitemap protocol and the importance of the update dates in the index files might also be helpful to those of us who actually run large websites rather than spoof and waffle about it in blog posts like that Microsoftie did recently.

Regards...jmcc
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FWIW, Insitesbot is coming around two or three times a day, always 138.91.73.109, never robots.txt, always 403'd.
6:00 pm on Nov 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Almost 4 months later, and no word from Microsoft on what that critter is, googling it returns this thread as the only serious discussion on Insitesbot?

Still hitting my 403
15 to 30 sec between visits
Still not a single curious visit to robots.txt

Interestingly it is only crawling pages known to Bing, as I have sections in my robots.txt allowed only to Googlebot and no one else.