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Offline GlennSprigg

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Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:48:56 pm »
I often see numerous 'guests' at the top of Posts. That's OK !  :-+
Why don't you sign up. It's free!! and you can make Posts too !!
Don't be shy...  Everyone can contribute/ask 'almost' anything.  :D

P.S.   To the more prolific members, Here's a question from me!...
Sometimes I see a user at the top, labeled 'Hidden'. Is that an option for anyone,
or is it usually indicative of certain Moderators, or Dave himself ?  :phew:
 
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 03:21:17 pm »
Don't presume that those guests are real people.

My SMF forum https://amperaa.net often has 30-40 guests on, but they're just trying to sign up for accounts to post russian weed infused viagra that somehow makes your dick turn rainbow colours.
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 05:05:44 pm »
Couple of them are the regular scrapers from google, Bing, and DDG, along with other search engines, and probably some are other search engines as well, doing the usual indexing, plus there are also likely some 3 letter agencies as well doing the same, just not having public results available.
 
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Offline Sal Ammoniac

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2019, 06:32:16 pm »
plus there are also likely some 3 letter agencies as well doing the same

That's why I no longer backup my website. I figure that if I have a crash I can just ask the NSA to give me a copy of the lost data.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2019, 07:25:26 pm by Sal Ammoniac »
Nothing lasts as long as a workaround.
 
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2019, 07:15:57 pm »
Many of the guests are members who're not logged in. I've just seen the number of guests drop from 3 to 2. :)
CML+  That took much longer than I thought it would.
 
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 08:17:48 pm »
Many of the guests are members who're not logged in. I've just seen the number of guests drop from 3 to 2. :)

There should be a random variation due to timeouts. I don't know if Simple Machines Forum supports Web beacons, but bots wouldn't use them.
 
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 08:26:08 pm »
P.S.   To the more prolific members, Here's a question from me!...
Sometimes I see a user at the top, labeled 'Hidden'. Is that an option for anyone,
or is it usually indicative of certain Moderators, or Dave himself ?  :phew:
'Hidden' can be any/all of the above.
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2019, 11:29:15 pm »
I used to search this forum for information for a long while before signing up :P

Dave certainly isn't hidden, he shows up as EEVBlog. Hiding is an option you can choose somewhere in forum profile settings.
 
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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2019, 10:10:47 pm »
There are some posts with the word guest next to the poster's name, which means their account has been deleter for whatever reason. This is normally because they asked an administrator to remove their account. I suppose it's possible they've been permanently banned, although I don't think administrators normally delete the accounts of those who've been banned.

There are a few guest posts at the start of the introductory thread.
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/new-member-please-introduce-yourself/
 

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2019, 10:17:05 pm »
Anyway, EEVBlog's forum is very well referenced in Google search. Many searches about electronics will yield some links to this forum, so it's no wonder there are a lot of guests reading. You can't expect everyone who's stumbled upon a Google link to register. And I don't think it would be a good thing either. And of course, visits from search engines' links can be real people, or bots.
 

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 05:10:54 am »
I don't sign in when reading on a mobile device, mainly because I have no intention of replying. If I choose to reply, I'll log on using a PC.
 

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2019, 05:15:51 am »
Anyway, EEVBlog's forum is very well referenced in Google search. Many searches about electronics will yield some links to this forum, so it's no wonder there are a lot of guests reading. You can't expect everyone who's stumbled upon a Google link to register. And I don't think it would be a good thing either. And of course, visits from search engines' links can be real people, or bots.

Yes, and that is not always a good thing.  I sometimes have to be very careful with search terms to avoid being inundated by returns I have already seen here.  There is life and information outside of EEVBlog.
 

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 02:02:08 pm »
Anyway, EEVBlog's forum is very well referenced in Google search. Many searches about electronics will yield some links to this forum, so it's no wonder there are a lot of guests reading. You can't expect everyone who's stumbled upon a Google link to register. And I don't think it would be a good thing either. And of course, visits from search engines' links can be real people, or bots.

Yes, and that is not always a good thing.  I sometimes have to be very careful with search terms to avoid being inundated by returns I have already seen here.  There is life and information outside of EEVBlog.
Try appending -https://www.eevblog.com/ to the search string.
 

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Re: Are you a 'GUEST' on this Forum ??
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2019, 05:18:24 pm »
Yep that is one of the ways to be careful.  And I can make it easier by programming a hot key for that string.  The point is that something is needed because of the popularity and depth.  I can only assume that that is turning out well for Dave in terms of click count.
 


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