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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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Old 15 Feb 2006, 23:18
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Reserving for future use. If any....
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Old 15 Feb 2006, 23:53
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Hi

Me installed...
I take it the bots are now registeed users and not showing as guest anymore?
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 00:04
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hmm i read some one doing this was agaisnt the bots agreements etc?
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 00:08
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Originally Posted by bashy
Hi

Me installed...
I take it the bots are now registeed users and not showing as guest anymore?
No, they'll still show up as Guest, but their usergroup will be that of a member, thus allowing them to see what members can see.
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 00:19
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Originally Posted by Smiry Kin's
hmm i read some one doing this was agaisnt the bots agreements etc?
This is a well-known and well-liked feature of IPB that, in my opinion, is sorely lacking in VBulletin. I sent a quick email to Google regarding this issue and they responded that this is not an issue to them since they don't personally review every site that GoogleBot spiders.

If you install this mod and see issues with Google/Yahoo/etc... then remove it and everything will go back to the way it was.
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 00:47
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this kicks a$$, thanks for releasing it
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 01:19
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Originally Posted by Smiry Kin's
hmm i read some one doing this was agaisnt the bots agreements etc?
Good point! This might be considered as search engine cloacing. Because spiders will see the page different to what regular users (guests) will see. But i dont know...
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 01:41
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well it happened to one of my sites.. now google and blocked it from there search engine.. im just say.. becareful., infact they banned my whole adsense account, in which they still wont mail back to this day..
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 04:29
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Hm, would like to install it very much, but the most visitors at this time come from google and would be a desaster if they would ban my site. :ermm:
@trilljester
could you be so kind and post exactly what google wrote to you?
Thanks
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 04:41
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Amazing! Any plans to have them show as users on the memberlist like GoogleBot and YahooSlurp?
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 04:44
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thanks for this excellent hack.. love it
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 04:56
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Originally Posted by Smiry Kin's
hmm i read some one doing this was agaisnt the bots agreements etc?
Highly unlikely.

If this is cloaking, having a Guest usergroup is in and of itself, cloaking.

If a registered user happens to come across the Google Cache of one of your pages, and goes to visit it, they see something different as well.
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 07:57
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Here's what Google wrote back to me:

Thank you for your note. We recognize your concern. Please be advised that
we don't personally review individual sites, nor do we comment on
webmaster techniques or the details of our search technology beyond what
appears on our site.

We've dedicated an entire section of our site to answering the most common
questions from those who maintain and/or promote websites. You'll find all
of our publicly available information information posted at
http://www.google.com/webmasters/index.html
I did some more research on their site, and nowhere in Google's definitions does this qualify as a "bad" practice. However, it could be loosely, and I mean, very loosely defined as cloaking, in the sense that 2 sets of content are being presented. However, you are not hiding content from anyone.

There are a lot of websites out on the net that require you to register or even pay to see content. Yet, they're indexed and served in Google. If this was a rampant violation of their terms of service, then they'd clearly state it. Again, it's your choic to use this mod or not. If you are extremely worried, then don't use it. Simple as that!

Onwards:

Amazing! Any plans to have them show as users on the memberlist like GoogleBot and YahooSlurp?
Well, on my site, when Googlebot shows up, it displays them as their true identity on the Who's Online display. It's probably not a good idea to make them actual members, they're just borrowing the members' group.
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Old 16 Feb 2006, 08:01
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hmm..i dont its would be better to install it or not...
some whre in a famous webmaster forum i read "cloaking' spider/bot maight be a reason banned the site from the search engine...

...looks for xpert's comment....
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