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Lord Elrond of Rivendell - Rank 9
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Hits on the Tolkien Forums through the activity table on the Member List

I have noticed a lot of guest activity from China.

I am curious to know why.

Are the films or books being released there?

Perhaps part of the curriculmn in schools?

One or two folks have posted from China ... but not sure why ... merchant related?

Anyone with an insight please respond.

Thank you,

Bear



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Thorin Oakenshield - Rank 6
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I think alot of guests come from China but not alot of members. Could they be some kind of bots?

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Haldir of Lorien - Rank 6
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Bots sounds creepy. Are Bots just robots who automatically hit websites?



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Internet bots, also known as web robots, WWW robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyzes and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server can have a file called robots.txt, containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey.

In addition to their uses outlined above, bots may also be implemented where a response speed faster than that of humans is required (e.g., gaming bots and auction-site robots) or less commonly in situations where the emulation of human activity is required, for example chat bots. Recently bots have been used for search advertising.



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Anarion, Son of Elendil - rank 8
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I think that explanation confirms the idea that they are bots originating in China. Perhaps they're intending to use Tolkien forums as the main hub to launch cyber warfare on a global scale?

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Guard of Armenelos - Rank 4
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It was only a matter of time until the bots found our figurative 'shire'. What next?! Secure the borders at Buckland and hide the proletariats! Wenches and maidens...To me! To me!


Of course I kid....

That is most interesting that you should notice the trend Friend Bear...

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Lord Elrond of Rivendell - Rank 9
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Ah!  An invasion is it? We better raid the Mathom house in Michel Delving ... dibs on  "Sting".


I was thinking we reach out ... to the Chinese who are exploring our site ... there are more members from China than our Canadian brothers ... but I'm not sure how?




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Guard of Armenelos - Rank 4
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I'm sure that's just simply a matter of person's per capita. China's always had the numbers. As for if Tolkien's works are allowed or well received there is a mystery to me. Lord of the Rings is only the second most translated book next to the bible in the world so it stands that China might be in-the-know...




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Lord Elrond of Rivendell - Rank 9
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Jaidoprism7,

Makes sense! I'm sure you are right.  Thank you! ... but why aren't our Chinese brothern participating? ... being a guest ... I understand ... but becoming members?

I for one would love to hear their take on Tolkien ...



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Guard of Armenelos - Rank 4
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For sure Friend Bear,
Perhaps our English speaking Chinese brethren are still searching for us. It would be intriguing to hear their take on the aspects of the mythology and archetypes Tolkien created in relation to their own religions and beliefs. Are the creatures and stories completely alien to their culture or are some of these tales rooted in their histories as a people?

One day.....one day!

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