March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

The discussion hasn't ended, it has just moved. Join us on the Facebook Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group .

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Google [Bot] ?

Post by johnrm » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:08 pm

Why is there a 'Google [Bot]' logged in?

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Re: Google [Bot] ?

Post by dino » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:09 pm

AFAIK it's the Google search engine scanning the site for content for the search results. In the old forum you wouldn't have seen it but with the different setup here you do
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Post by johnrm » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:13 pm

Just googled it and it looks like its nothing to worry about.
I don't trust it though...

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Re: Google [Bot] ?

Post by donnacha » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:28 am

It's Google indexing the forums.....only the public ones not the member only forums. You'll see their feed bot also, MSN and a ton of others. I have it set up like that so it doesn't skew the user stats.
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