wornout wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:10 pm
[...] My question back at you is this. How do these “indexers” become “Registered users” without being a live human being and going through the process of becoming a registered users?
It's likely an option in the forum software, i.e., "Do you want this forum indexed or not? [Yes] [No]" You'd have to ask Luthien for the details, as she set this forum up, but most forum software packages have that option.
Are you telling me that it’s okay for these a.i. bots to act like real people and obtain the approval from the forum administrator to become a registered user? It appears to be 1984 in the extreme wouldn’t you agree?
Most forums that allow indexing also have a whole tree of permissions for each user. Bots have read-only access, and then only for what is readable by non-registered users anyway. Again, that's all controlled by the permissions system.
p.s. Right now as I'm typing my reply there is a new indexer , "Registered users: Bing [Bot], MSN [Bot], wornout"
That's just telling you what it's indexing. If you logout, most likely you'll be able to read your post anyway. If not, then it's whatever is allowed for bots in the permissions system. Again, this is common bot behavior on forums. It's probably event-driven: "Is there a new post, if so, then index what I'm allowed to index."