What is startmebot?

You may have found the name 'startmebot' in your server access logs. For some functionality, start.me users a so called 'bot' that retrieves information from websites. Our bot identifies itself with the name 'startmebot' in its user agent string. The full user agent string for out bot is:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; startmebot/1.0; +http://www.start.me/bot)

What kind of information does the bot retrieve?

At the moment our bot is used to retrieve three kinds of information from external sites:

  • A website page's title
  • A website's favicon
  • The contents of RSS feeds offered by a website

Does the bot respect robots.txt?

Our bot does not actually index any content, but only retrieves specific information from online sources. In doing this, our bot does not consider the contents of robots.txt. If you feel our bot is visiting your site too often or should not access specific information on your site, please send us an email at [email protected].

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