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most users online can't be right [message #164570] Thu, 17 February 2011 06:57 Go to next message
Bradley is currently offline  Bradley
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new forum that's been up for about 12 hours, apparently has become rather popular:

"Most users ever online was 790 on ...."

Despite "There are 2 members, 0 invisible members and 13 guests visiting this board."

Stats show this isn't true. I think the 790 are page hits. not uniques.
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164572 is a reply to message #164570] Thu, 17 February 2011 08:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
The Witcher is currently offline  The Witcher   United States
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Think robots.

"I'm a Witcher, I solve human problems; not always using a sword!"
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164573 is a reply to message #164572] Thu, 17 February 2011 10:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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think? i did, checked the logs, and not possible. and, really...790 robots hitting the site at one time. think not possible.
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164578 is a reply to message #164573] Thu, 17 February 2011 21:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ernesto is currently offline  Ernesto   Sweden
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I have disabled "most users online" since all it shows are robot crawls. If you haven't defined anything in your robots.txt one search engine can have 100s of connections at the same time.

"Guests" can also be robots. There is currently no check against http_headers or IPs vs a list of serach engines


Re: most users online can't be right [message #164581 is a reply to message #164578] Fri, 18 February 2011 05:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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sure, but what i can't understand is there are only 5 messages in the forum, i've disabled rss/pdf pages, so can't understand why the count is so high.
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164613 is a reply to message #164581] Sat, 19 February 2011 02:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A Denial-of-service attack maybe?
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164617 is a reply to message #164613] Sat, 19 February 2011 09:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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no chance! my server would have fallen over and died in the first 2 mins!
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164619 is a reply to message #164617] Sat, 19 February 2011 11:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You'll be surprised to see what this software can do Smile
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164621 is a reply to message #164619] Sat, 19 February 2011 11:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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no, my server would have died! i've tested the serving of static html pages with siege and it's not pretty!
Re: most users online can't be right [message #164625 is a reply to message #164621] Sat, 19 February 2011 12:52 Go to previous message
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If you say so. We can look into it if can can provide the evidence (log files) or a test case.
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