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    First of all, who/what is Dumbot? There's practically nothing on the Internet about it. It appears to use about 6 different IPs, but I haven't been able to determine what it's doing.

    When it does visit my site, it causes reclusive include errors on a few of my pages. No other bots or visits to those pages cause this to happen. What exactly is a reclusive include?

    I'm thinking I might need to deny this bot until more is known about it.

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    What does the UA string look like?

    Any IP addresses.

    You can block those kind of bots using PHP.

    More info about DumBot is available here.

    http://www.pgts.com.au/cgi-bin/psql?robot_info=11378

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    Thanks, vivekar. I had been to that link before, but I think some of the links on that page were not working at the time.

    After searching that site, I still don't know whether I should be glad Dumbot is going through my site or not. I can't tell if it's a good bot or a bad bot. If it's good, I certainly don't want to ban it.

    I've seen a lot of references to this bot on the Internet, mostly in people's traffic logs, but no one seems to know much about it.

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    I forgot to add that the IP numbers are the same ones showing on the info site you linked to, a total of 6 different ones, I think.

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