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Bot Watch - Recently-Detected Web Spiders & Bots

Mammoth/0.1 -- This bot spiders websites for an experimental search engine owned by S.L.I. Systems, Inc. The User Agent string for this bot contains the URL of the company website. Since I could find no information relating to the bot on the website, I decided to call the company using their toll free telephone number.

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My Friday afternoon call to Support appeared to be routed to London, England, then, upon stating my question, rerouted to New Zealand (where it was early Saturday morning) and promptly answered by Shaun. Shaun explained the experimental nature of the search engine Mammoth services, asked if the bot was causing any trouble or if I would like to have it not visit our website, and gave me his email address. He also responded quickly to an email I sent him informing him that I had granted Mammoth access to our website.

My evaluation of Mammoth/0.1 is that it is a non-threatening bot operated by a bona fide company with, at least in this case, excellent response time. It was a pleasure speaking with Shaun, who also hosts a blog in which he describes features of search solutions offered by S.L.I. Systems and discusses hot topics related to search technology. Hopefully (after reading this), he'll include a post about Mammoth.

The Ten Spider Enterprises website is an information metasite encompassing ten broad theme sets. Established in February of 2003, it now comprises over 390 pages of manually-edited information and resource links. It is open for all to read.

Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jul 23, 06 | 5:45 pm | Profile


Shaun has provided me with some additional information on Mammoth. The bot is operated by a sister company of S.L.I. Systems named Eurekster. Eurekster drives community-based search engines of a new genre labeled swiki. According to Eurekster, a swiki is "a new kind of search engine that allows anyone to conduct deep, focused searches on topics you care about." Eurekster enables you to build "specific swickis tailored to your interests and that of your community."

Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jul 30, 06 | 1:32 pm

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