War on bots

I am getting mighty pissed off with the number of dodgy bots visiting my site.

They ignore robots.txt, they follow links way too fast, or they are out to steal email addresses (they’re wasting their time with that one).

So, I devised a plan, and after several evenings of furious coding, I have a system.

Now, for every bot that hits my home page that I don’t already know about, my site sends me an email.

That email contains a ready made URL that I can click on to ban it from my site for good.

If it’s a good bot I can instead add it to my list so I don’t get emailed about it in future.

See the bot, ban the bot. It’s so simple and it makes me so happy.