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:::::"Bots" are bits of code that are "released" onto the net to perform certain functions. For example, they can be (and are) used to collect email addresses from web sites. They can be used to periodically check to see if a site has changed, and report back same to their "master". They are also used to perform certain routine maintenance actions on a web site, or to collect information. When I say "released" what is meant is not that they go crawling around the web, as if there were a physical reality to the "web"---What actually happens is that the code runs inside someone's computer, and sends out queries to various places on the web, looking for whatever it is looking for, and doing whatever it does when it finds it. Bots are ofen written so that they can spot URL's on website links, and use those found links to go somewhere else. Sometimes this is referred to as "crawling"---as in "crawling from one web site to another"---hence, many of these bots are called "crawlers". If you mapped out all of this "crawling" you'd get something that looked a bit like a spider web, with each web site a node, and links between nodes showing the connections between nodes. For that reason some bots are also called "spiders", or alternatively, "spyders". And for those who are not sufficiently glutted on the above, guess what language most bots are written in---PERL, which has also been a subject of interest to Zephyr. [[User:WMWillis|Bill]] 12:12, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
 
:::::"Bots" are bits of code that are "released" onto the net to perform certain functions. For example, they can be (and are) used to collect email addresses from web sites. They can be used to periodically check to see if a site has changed, and report back same to their "master". They are also used to perform certain routine maintenance actions on a web site, or to collect information. When I say "released" what is meant is not that they go crawling around the web, as if there were a physical reality to the "web"---What actually happens is that the code runs inside someone's computer, and sends out queries to various places on the web, looking for whatever it is looking for, and doing whatever it does when it finds it. Bots are ofen written so that they can spot URL's on website links, and use those found links to go somewhere else. Sometimes this is referred to as "crawling"---as in "crawling from one web site to another"---hence, many of these bots are called "crawlers". If you mapped out all of this "crawling" you'd get something that looked a bit like a spider web, with each web site a node, and links between nodes showing the connections between nodes. For that reason some bots are also called "spiders", or alternatively, "spyders". And for those who are not sufficiently glutted on the above, guess what language most bots are written in---PERL, which has also been a subject of interest to Zephyr. [[User:WMWillis|Bill]] 12:12, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
:category.py is part of Pywikipedia bot code. Appropedia didn't write it. Cat moves and renames are standard operations, and the tool may be found on Meta. -[[User:Knife Maker|Mak]] 01:33, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
 

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