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Member Bots 1.0 - Allow bots to act as members
Mod Version: 1.00, by trilljester (Member) trilljester is offline
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vB Version: 3.5.3 Rating: (11 votes - 4.73 average) Installs: 192
Released: 15 Feb 2006 Last Update: Never Downloads: 962
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--------- Member Bots 1.0 ---------
Written by Trilljester - http://www.trilliummud.com

This small mod allows you to treat search engine robots (i.e. GoogleBot, Yahoo Slurp) as registered users instead of guests, as they are treated by default in VBulletin.

This is handy if your site allows limited access to guests, but full access to registered users. By default, a search engine robot would only be allowed to index what a guest could see, but with this mod, it would allow them to fully index your site as a registered user.

This mod uses the spiders_vbulletin.xml file for determining if a visitor is a bot or not, so make sure you have that file up to date. The one that comes with VB is pretty sparse, but it works. If you're only interested in GoogleBot, then the default file works great.

WARNING! This mod requires a very small edit to a VBulletin core file. This means whenever you upgrade to a new version of VBulletin, you'll need to re-do this edit, if you overwrite this file. If the idea of editing a VBulletin core file bothers you, don't install this mod! I won't be held responsible for your forum being fouled up. This mod is very safe however, so don't fret.

Install Instructions:

1. Unzip the product-memberbot.xml file on your system.

2. Go to your VBulletin AdminCP and click on Manage Products under the Plugin Manager section.

3. Click on Add/Import Product.

4. Click on Browse on the first line (Upload the XML from your computer) and locate the product-memberbot.xml file. Click on Import to upload it to the system.

5. Click on Plugin Manager, and ensure that the new plugin named Bot Checker, which is found under the init_startup hook, is enabled.

6. Now the fun part, you'll need to edit the core VBulletin file init.php which is located in the includes directory under your forum home.

For example, if your forum home is located in /home/blah/forum, then init.php is in /home/blah/forum/includes

If you can edit the file on the server without having to download it, more power to you.

In init.php, find this line (should be near the very bottom of the file, it was line 403 in mine):


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Add ABOVE this line:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

NOTE: My registered users group is ID #2. Yours may be different, you may change this to any group ID you like.

7. Save init.php and upload back to your server if you had to download the file to edit it.

If you're editing on the server, save it, and that's it!

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That's it! Search Engine bots should now "see" your forum as a regular user, not a guest.

Questions, comments, improvements are more than welcome. Please use this thread as a cental support site. It makes it easier for me to help out. Also, you may visit my site and fire me off a PM for help, or just send a quick thanks or shout out.

Enjoy!
// trilljester

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Member Bots 1.01 - Bots are treated as registered members trilljester vBulletin 3.0 Full Releases 9 09 Nov 2008 02:23

  #196  
Old 08 Jun 2009, 22:57
kmatwill kmatwill is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Originally Posted by dtv100 View Post
this mod work on 3.8.2


1. Downloaded, and installed the XML file from the original hack posted here (attached)
2. Edited the following in my init.php file (./includes/init.php)
find:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and replace with :

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

change the 2 XX in red with the number for usergroup you want
How do I know if this is working?
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  #197  
Old 16 Jun 2009, 01:12
kmatwill kmatwill is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
This doesn't seem to me to be working on 3.8.2. No errors, but no results either. I wish someone would update this. It's a great idea.
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  #198  
Old 08 Jul 2009, 12:13
thedvs thedvs is offline
 
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can anyone fix this for 3.8.3?
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  #199  
Old 20 Jul 2009, 18:10
ROTPAR ROTPAR is offline
 
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Ok once again. How can I prevent Users to see content after they used a firefox plugin what identifies them as a google bot?????
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  #200  
Old 20 Jul 2009, 19:57
kmatwill kmatwill is offline
 
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I don't think there is a way.
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  #201  
Old 20 Jul 2009, 21:04
ROTPAR ROTPAR is offline
 
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then this plugin just sucks, because you just have to make yourself to a bot and you have full access to every corner of the forum.
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  #202  
Old 05 Aug 2009, 07:45
marshal_ramdev marshal_ramdev is offline
 
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Real name: Marshal
thanks
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  #203  
Old 02 Mar 2010, 05:58
alaska_av8r alaska_av8r is offline
 
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Has anyone used this mod on vb4? or has it been updated to work on vb4?
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  #204  
Old 31 Mar 2010, 23:29
firefoxextreme firefoxextreme is offline
 
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Yes I have it tested and working with VB 4.02 PL4
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  #205  
Old 18 Jun 2010, 21:27
cesaret244 cesaret244 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by firefoxextreme View Post
Yes I have it tested and working with VB 4.02 PL4
yes 4.0.3 pleas
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  #206  
Old 26 Jun 2010, 00:37
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arena arena is offline
 
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Originally Posted by dxblouie View Post
Works on 3.8.0 as follows:
install as normal

now in includes/init.php around line #400, look for the following:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Replace with the following:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

i can see provisions for verifying the bot IP address in the mod code, but it doesn't seem to be active..
thank you vb4 suite is work
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  #207  
Old 06 Sep 2010, 17:24
ThiagoO ThiagoO is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Real name: Thiago
@ dxblouie
thank you,
works fine in vb 3.8.6
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  #208  
Old 10 Dec 2010, 16:06
Faol Faol is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Originally Posted by ROTPAR View Post
then this plugin just sucks, because you just have to make yourself to a bot and you have full access to every corner of the forum.
How many people do you think know to change their browser to a bot? If you think it sucks, make something better.
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  #209  
Old 13 Dec 2010, 23:07
schlottkej schlottkej is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Originally Posted by Faol View Post
How many people do you think know to change their browser to a bot? If you think it sucks, make something better.
right? lol
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  #210  
Old 18 Dec 2010, 13:50
scparker scparker is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Member bots and sitemap

I've added the plug-in and it seems to work OK, but the issue I have now is that when I restrict viewing threads to unregistered users my Thread sitemap is empty..

Does anybody know how to implement this feature and keep the sitemap in tact?
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