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#1 2018-02-17 16:28:38

Who are the ghosts?

We've all seen it: that number at the bottom of the littlegrey forum index page that indicates the number of guests online.

Who are they? Orphaned bots, stuck in a loop on our site? Legitimate visitors, new individuals who constantly stumble across our quiet corner of the internet? Lurkers, people who legitimately enjoy reading our posts?

I've seen the number reach all the way up to the teens this year. Who are the ghosts?

 
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#2 2018-02-17 20:24:45

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Wow, Potato. What a deep, but random thread. big_smile But no, they're just bots. As if anyone other than us weirdos actually visit here regularly. tongue Although I imagine there are also a few lurkers who never say anything and just stalk us silently. They're probably doing it right now! Aaaahhh! yikes

 

#3 2018-02-18 05:49:37

Re: Who are the ghosts?

I've sometimes looked in without logging in.
But that was mainly to check on the text adventure...

 

#4 2018-02-22 07:16:54

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Yeah I would assume that a (possibly small) portion of these ghosts are just the 'normal' forum users that did not (yet) login during this session of forum browsing and lurking.
Also, but I might be mistaken in this, I think that at least the google bot identifies itself as such near those numbers when its active on the site.

 

#5 2018-02-24 10:28:47

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Quick update, one of the ghosts is now me. Long live the bot!

 

#6 2018-02-24 13:51:48

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Yay! Finally, some fellow bots to relate to around here. tongue

 

#7 2018-02-25 18:26:17

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Woooooooooooooooooo!

 

#8 2018-02-25 18:34:11

Re: Who are the ghosts?

Para, please, you'll scare people! yikes

 

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