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Silly ?? Guest & Robot

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by AnnaS, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. AnnaS

    AnnaS TUG Member

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    I just noticed to the right "members on-line". I also see tuests and robots - since I am clueless when it comes to tech/internet talk :shrug: what is the difference between a guest and a robot.
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    DaveNW TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Guests are merely those who visit the site but aren't logged in, or someone who hasn't joined the site. Most every online forum has many guests, and fewer members, unless it is a private forum with an invited list of readers. A robot is a web "spider" program that reads websites for purposes of indexing key words and listing things on search engines. If you've ever done a search on Google for a term and had Tug show up with a thread posted earlier that same day, the robots are the reason. So it's kind of a necessary thing to keep the site viable. They're harmless, and do a good service, overall.

    Dave
     
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    theo TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Might I borrow one of those "robots" to help me shovel snow? My back is getting sore from all the white stuff over the past week. ;)
     
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    Thank you Dave. Wow - now I know how all the info. gets accumulated, compiled, searched, etc. I am glad I asked - I learned something today and you explained so I can understand it too. Much appreciated!!!!
     
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    Thanks. I'm happy to help. :thumbup: I know how frustrating it can be to hear terms that make no sense. I work in a large hospital complex where annoying buzz words fly like mosquitoes. I work with people who must study the latest language twists just so they can impress the rest of us with how current they are. If I was a trendy kind of guy, I'd say they really want to be "on fleek." :)

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