Monthly Archives: December 2008

Bot whipping

I finally got round to doing something about the Alexa crawler tampering with the cookies on the Recycling Group finder after Patrick Joyce commented on my previous post.

There’s no reason for me to store information in the cookies for bots visiting my site so I just disabled them for the Alexa crawler (any request where the user agent string matches ia_archiver) by adding a single line to my ApplicationController class:

It wasn’t a major pain in the arse, but it’s a few less emails to delete every day!