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Whats up with the random questions?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by shnuffles, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. shnuffles

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    So I've been wondering forever...and its probably a dumb question...but why in the world do we always have to answer a "random question" like, "what is H2O?" or, "fill in the blank: student ______ forum" when searching the forum? Is there a point?

    Ok, I guess I should get back to studying :cool:
     
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  3. fizzle

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    It's to filter out bots that scour forums such as this.
     
  4. Chemist0157

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    Isn't it similar to those odd letters we have to type to proof we're not spyware?
     
  5. fizzle

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    These filters are used mainly for two purposes:

    1. To prevent automated, scripted creation of forum accounts which would then post a flood of spam messages.

    2. The search function uses a lot of bandwidth for a forum, so having a bot constantly put in searches all the time would be a huge drain on bandwidth. This is also the reason that many forums put in a "cooldown" time between searches (e.g. You need to wait for at least 30 seconds between searches).
     
  6. TooMuchResearch

    TooMuchResearch i'm goin' to Kathmandu...
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    I've never had to do this, and I use the search function regularly. :shrug:
     
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    Your lack of technical knowledge is astounding.
     
  8. fizzle

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    I'd appreciate it if you could tell me how I was wrong instead of just telling me that I was wrong. It works a lot better that way.
     
  9. zenlike

    zenlike I'll see you in health.
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    You were way more than close enough to warrant that kind of remark.

    But, to answer your question, bandwidth is how much data you can cram through a pipe. A search stresses the limited resources of the processors, causing what would seem like a slowdown in processing (but not affecting the bandwidth). Now, if you were downloading a huge file at a high rate, you would be stressing the bandwidth.
     
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    it's probably because you're logged in when you use the search functions. Guests have to say that H2O is water
     
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    Finally someone answers the real question "what is h20" WATER. Now i can search...thanks guys!!!
     
  12. silverlining1

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    Ooh, never knew about this. Another perk to being a logged-in member instead of a lurker :thumbup:
     

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