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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 2 months ago #62315

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Just a moment ago, I looked at the forum stats and saw that there were 13 members on-line, and 471 Guests!

If you are one of these Guest users, I invite you to take the next step, and become an active member. The interaction is a lot more fun than exclusively reading posts. I am sure most of you already know what a great community we have here, so come on! Join us, jump in the discussions, and share your insights with us!
Imagine what you will know tomorrow....
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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 2 months ago #62318

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I myself don't bother to sign in unless I have something to say when browsing through here; I wonder how many of those "guests" (which is now over 600!) fall under that category as well.

But for those "true" guests, don't be shy! We don't bite...unless you're rude to other members of course!
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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 2 months ago #62336

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Yeah, I'm in this camp as well. My work firewall blocks the SF forum. I can use my phone but I have to disable the building WiFi before I can even look at the forum so any participation from me will be when I get home.
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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 1 month ago #64638

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To all the guests I would like to agree with Brax, it might seem tedious at first to sign up and all that, but it really is nice to be able to ask questions, give feedback and talk to others in this great community, and most of them are nice and will explain things very well if you need
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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 1 month ago #64657

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A lot of those guests are likely search engines, vulnerability scanners, and other bots. I just checked apache logs on a few sites I have access to and found that about 85% of the page hits were easily-identifiable bots, not even counting the malicious ones which don't have an obvious signature. The web is a pretty noisy and hostile place.

And as already mentioned, many guest hits are regular users who weren't logged in at the time. For example, I default to a not-logged-in lightweight browser for most viewing, only using a full-featured browser for posting. And when viewing from a phone, requests often go through an accelerator cloud service which makes a single person appear to be dozens or hundreds of different IP addresses.

So, in general, I'd remove a digit (or two) from the number of guests to get a closer estimate of the actual value.
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Invite to Our Many Guest Users 1 year 1 month ago #64665

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ToyKeeper wrote:
A lot of those guests are likely search engines, vulnerability scanners, and other bots. I just checked apache logs on a few sites I have access to and found that about 85% of the page hits were easily-identifiable bots, not even counting the malicious ones which don't have an obvious signature. The web is a pretty noisy and hostile place.
From the Sleeper-Cell Bots that I've recognised in addition to the Kamikaze-Bots, I can vouch that often there are times when a high Guest Count actually represents swarming Wasps around a hive.
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