The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Once more with the MJ12Bot

So I replied to MJ12Bot's reply outlining everything I've mentioned so far about the sheer number of bad links they're following and how their explanation of “//” wasn't correct. They then replied:

Sean Conner <>
[Majestic] Re: Your robot is making bogus requests to my webserver
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:27:48 +0000

##- Please type your reply above this line -##

Your ticket reference is XXXXX. To add any comments, just reply to this email.

I can tell from your responses that you are much better than us, so we can only continue to avoid visiting your site.

Kind Regards

I guess this is their way of politely telling me to XXXXX­XXX. Fair enough.

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