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Sprayin

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On the main page all the way at the bottom it shows currently active users. At the very end of that list, recently, there have been these (in some form or another): Google(6), Google Images(4), Bing(6), Google AdSense(5), MSNBot(5), BoardPulse, Google Web Preview, Yandex Bot, Facebook(2), Sogou

What exactly does that mean? What are these?

It also says this: Currently Active Users: 91 (41 members and 18 guests and 32 spiders)

Judging by the number, those up there are spiders. WTF is that?
 

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On the main page all the way at the bottom it shows currently active users. At the very end of that list, recently, there have been these (in some form or another): Google(6), Google Images(4), Bing(6), Google AdSense(5), MSNBot(5), BoardPulse, Google Web Preview, Yandex Bot, Facebook(2), Sogou

What exactly does that mean? What are these?

It also says this: Currently Active Users: 91 (41 members and 18 guests and 32 spiders)

Judging by the number, those up there are spiders. WTF is that?
Those are search engine crawlers, otherwise known as spiders
details:Web crawler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Sprayin

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I've only noticed them since the merger. Did they always show up down there?
 

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We added it in b/c we were recently getting hammered by a Chinese search engine and we wanted to see what spiders were actually crawling us.
 

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