bot/crawler or freelancer?
Thread poster: Claudio Porcellana
Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
Feb 11, 2010

just now, looking at my Visitors tab, I noticed an odd "freelancer" that visited my profile 17 times in a breeze
quite odd as this behavior is typical of bot/crawler ...

and just a minute ago another "freelance" that visited my profile 31 times ...
it's clear to me that some bot/crawler disguises itself as a freelancer

does any peer noticed the same phenomenon?

Claudio

Most Recent Visit - Feb 11
Viewer Type - Freelancer √
Original IP Address - xx.xx.xx.xxx
CameFrom - Forums
Keywords - Other
Viewed - Profile
Number of Visits - 17

[Modificato alle 2010-02-12 01:18 GMT]


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:16
English to Japanese
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A secret admirer? Feb 12, 2010

Claudio Porcellana wrote:

just now, looking at my Visitors tab, I noticed an odd "freelancer" that visited my profile 17 times in a breeze
quite odd as this behavior is typical of bot/crawler ...

and just a minute ago another "freelance" that visited my profile 31 times ...
it's clear to me that some bot/crawler disguises itself as a freelancer

does any peer noticed the same phenomenon?

Claudio

Most Recent Visit - Feb 11
Viewer Type - Freelancer √
Original IP Address - xx.xx.xx.xxx
CameFrom - Forums
Keywords - Other
Viewed - Profile
Number of Visits - 17

[Modificato alle 2010-02-12 01:18 GMT]


Sounds creepy doesn't it?

Since Jan 27, no more crawlers have been displayed in the Visitors section. However, like you pointed out, I've had the same feeling as you do, where someone accessing my profile or contact or whatever it is at Proz are not all humans. And it's really difficult to find out.


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Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
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Visitors, the saga goes on? Feb 12, 2010

an admirer?
admired by Visitors?
he's nothing if not creepy!

anyway, I've just dropped a support ticket
may be the bot/crawlers makers have simply changed their behavior to bypass Proz filters, or that Proz filters are faulty

Claudio

[Modificato alle 2010-02-12 10:18 GMT]


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jaymin
Canada
Local time: 04:16
Member (2009)
German to Korean
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nothing serious!! Feb 12, 2010

it wasn't me though!!

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 04:16
Member (2008)
French to English
Logged in? Feb 12, 2010

I would have thought that to be identified as a "Freelancer" it has to be someone who is logged in and has a profile? The "Freelancer" designation is applied within proz.com, isn't it? Bots can't usually login.

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Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
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bot/crawler or freelancer? Feb 13, 2010

I have a suspect then
the "Number of visit" column refers to the number of visit from the beginning (of this year, may be) not to the number of visit for a single passage
what do you think about?

Claudio


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