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    Anybody have problems with site suckers?
    About 24 hours ago I was doing some regular maintenance on our server and I happened to spot a recurring request sequence on one of our content domains (there's about 80,000 pages on the domain).

    What I found interesting about this was the hostname because it contained the word 'dialup', and after watching it for a while, it probably was a dialup connection.

    I'd normally just deny the IP and that would be the end of it, but this maroon was asking for the domain content sequentially by file name, so having nothing better to do at that time of the morning, I did a quick fix to the software so that whenever the software encountered the IP number, it sent a special hypertext file with three words in it: go and yourself are two of the words plus a third one. Right below that I also included a graphic of... well, a graphic.

    Anyways, this maroon has been at it for 24 solid hours, requesting a new file every five/six seconds, and the software has been sending off the special file in response.

    It's definitely not a spider or search engine because of the IP number...

    Anybody else do anything to counter these fools with a computer and probably pirated software?

    CodeJockey.

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    (Low tech) Once I set up a page with a neverending cycle of popups, and put a hidden link to it. The hidden link to it ensured that no *desireable* visitors would land on it. I used meta-tags to keep the desireable bots from indexing it.

    Sure enough, the idiot I was aiming at soon sent his bot over and slurped up the page.
    I know that robots can't read the JavaScript that calls the pops--but I knew that when the human behind the bot checked the results, he'd have a helluva surprise! Infinite pops! The site in question was small enough that there was a high chance the human would indeed pull up that particular page manually at some point--and it didn't take but a couple of spiderings which included that, before I never saw those hits again. I named it something that would cause a human to want to check out just what that file was, too, but I forgot what I used for that.

    And I kind of remember doing like you and adding some "special phrase" to the pops, too, so when the inevitable browser crash happened, he'd have something to read (muaa haa haa)...
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    Sucking as I write
    I'm sucking a merchant's site as I write. Their datafeed doesn't provide all the info I need, so I'm getting it another way. Does that make me a bad person I wonder?

    Any webmaster who found sucking a problem wouldn't have to work too hard to prevent it.

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    I'm sucking a merchant's site as I write. Their datafeed doesn't provide all the info I need, so I'm getting it another way. Does that make me a bad person I wonder?
    I doubt it, assuming that you're going to use the info to promote that merchant's stuff. Some merchants may get upset, though, if they want to be the exclusive source of what's on their site.

    But I don't know of any good reason anyone would want to suck an affiliate site... usually the presence of such robots on an aff. site means that some idiot wants to make an exact copy!
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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