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Record number of guests .... wonder who they are?

I just noticed 172 guests in the number of visitors at the bottom of the Forum page. And ZERO registered members.Am wondering whether they are all legit guests or some of them bots crawling the site? Wonder where the visitors are from, and whether Bondings is tracking them? With Awstats? If yes, is there a link available?

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Surely if there were that 'guest', one or two at least would have joined. So spam bots most likely, Dean. We need to invent a 'spam bot exterminator' so if they dare come here, they die!
standready on Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:53 am
Why would or or two join? This forum is primarily for people who want hosting,in terms of a chat forum it offers very little to the casual non hosted user.

I am guessing some topical thread brought all those people to the forum,my forum went from a record just over 200 users online which it had stood at for over two years,then one night last year it went up to nearly 900,all because if a TV show showing something related to content on our forum.
truespeed on Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:32 am
After I read this blog post, the guest number went down to like in the late eighties, then up again, sort of spiking with huge variances. I think there is truth in what both of you are saying. People who hit Frihost links in the search engines (I do too), as well as bots. I'd also like the spam bots to die Stand! Twisted Evil
deanhills on Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:58 am
Would bots from search engines indexing websites count as 1 visitor?
twotrophy on Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:57 pm
Each bot would count as one guest. In phpBB 3 known bots are listed as registered users.
Peterssidan on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:18 pm

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