Pre Migration Question for Nathan about the internets

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  1. Eric@Helix

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    We have been receiving more annoying commercial calls on our Helix phone lately, despite being on the 'PA do not call list'. I attribute some of that to posting our number in the body of posts on forum sites. I have starting encrypting the numbers by mixing numerals and written numbers. I have no idea if that works in tricking bots from collecting our number but I do it. My question for you is: can commercial (or Google) bots read PMs on MA?
     
  2. Nathan

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    Bots, Google or others such as Bing, Badu, are blocked from certain areas of Motoring Alliance. One of these is the address /forums/private.php. In addition to access that area one has to be logged into the site with their own unique username and password. None of the robots have been given username/password access to the site. This alone would keep them from privileged areas. In addition there is a robots.txt file in place that provides directions to all robot to not visit certain areas.

    In addition, a site map is submitted to Google, Bing and other search engines on a daily basis with new and changed information. PM's are not included in these site maps.

    In short, it is not possible that the phone number is coming from a PM on Motoring Alliance.

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  3. Eric@Helix

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    Thanks! I didn't mean to imply that I thought that MA was causing our phone to be compromised: I was generally curious about how the interwebs worked and thought that you would know. That's why I put it in the General forum vs. feedback: there was no accusation implied, just curiosity. I have no way of knowing how our phone number has gotten on Sir Spam-a-lot's list, but I'm going to change how I post to avoid calls in the future. BTW, I have had some success in extended conversations utilizing Arnold Schwartzenegger sound boards with off shore phone bank operators. I put them on hold, pull up the ol' soundboard, and see how long I can keep the conversation going. How do you think I got soooooo rich:biggrin5:.
     
  4. Crashton

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    Damned robots..... :incazzato:

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  5. debscooper

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    Robots .... ??? Those are Traffic Lights .... Come on Mate if you're gonna have a Mini better learn all the Brit :biggrin5:
     

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