QUOTE(Dingo @ Aug 29 2011, 10:39 PM)
Why does 'online user' often display an interest by guests in the same topic multiple times, often involving a topic that is long gone? In a recent case the topic was current but involved 21 guests looking at the same topic, a topic that had fallen off in posting interest recently.
No big deal but I was curious whether maybe some machine controlled automatic dialing was going on that might replicate existing guest choices.
Several informative points here.
1. The online list covers the last 15 minutes.
2. Some spiders are not recognized by the forum software, and therefore are registered as guests. Some spiders suck down huge numbers of topics at one time, inflating our totals. Some spiders change their IP address with every request, and request the same page over and over (I had to organize a battle against Yahoo! regarding this several years ago when their spider was functioning as a simultaneous DoS attack against hundreds of forums).
3. Some people use proxy servers, which may cause requests to appear to come from a different location.
1. There is no monkey business going on. We aren't really concerned with how many people are on the site at any given time. If someone is pumping up our stats, it's not us.
2. We're behind on software updates, and the online list functionality may have been improved.
3. We do still get massive amounts of educational traffic. I wonder how many posts here have been parts of research papers.