What are 'bots'?

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    HotDawg
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    Not sure where the correct place is to post this — but many questions and comments about the forums seem to end up in this section.

    On the main page for the web page, the “Who’s Online” section lists the number of the guests, the bots, and the members. I understand the guests and the members — but just what does the ‘bots’ represent?

    #2903

    Christian
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    Probably means search engines are in the process of indexing the site.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_crawler

    #2904

    HotDawg
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    That was my first thought, but the number that is always shown is much higher than what I would think. Right now I am seeing:
    10 guests, 10 bots, 1 members
    and usually the number of bots is somewhere around the number of guests.

    I was wondering if they were something internal to the WordPress software.

    That was an interesting link you provided. I guess following some of the references, you could spend a lot of time learning.

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