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Bots or No Bots ?

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aegersz:
I am still not sure if i am happy about having heaps of bots crawling all over my site.

So I thought i would ask the good people here what they think about them ...

Are they relatively harmless or what ?

vbgamer45:
Depends what they are. I only allow the google, bing,  bots others I block.

aegersz:
(not search indexing spiders)

i must admit that i am still puzzled by what their purpose in life is ?

why are there so many ?

who do they suck out all my data ?

vbgamer45:
Spider and find information and organizer companies have different needs for the data

aegersz:
but who would want my data ? the DEA / LE maybe but that's all  :P

do the bots discriminate and target certain sites or it's just opportunism ?

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