Just having a bad day, for the last 4 months....

sunkacola

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Oh, I see it! On the forum homepage - it says 77 right now. It's a mix of web crawling bots and trackers.

Web bots are usually just data collecting for search engines or for targeted advertising. Search engine bots crawl websites to update their indexes so that they can give good search results. Advertising trackers are gathering data to learn how to make people buy things - they are also why you will sometimes see advertising relevant to something you Googled or read about earlier - and they might come in the form of cookies or other types of trackers that either embed on your computer or profile your online behaviour. As we move around on the internet, we pick them up from different websites, and then they follow what we do elsewhere.

If you click on Current Visitors, you can see where the bots on the forum came from. I can see:
SEMRush, with is a search engine optimisation company
Google, Majestic-12, and Bing, all search engines
Applebot, crawls for Siri
Adsense, Oracle, AdmantX, and Proximic, all advertising bots

Search engine bots are useful - they are looking at websites rather than us and are how we are able to find what we want online. However, if you don't like the idea of advertising trackers, some browsers like Firefox have pretty good tracker protection built in, and plugins can add even more privacy. There's a great TED talk about trackers if you want to learn more.

Right, back to fibromyalgia 🙃 and my coffee :coffee: I hope everyone had a good day!
thanks very much for that info, Jemima. I, for one, am creeped out by that.
but also recognize that everything we do online is tracked all the time anyway, so the choice is ether don't let it bother me, or don't use the internet.

I do use an advertising blocker, though, and get zero ads. Love that.
 

Auriel

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Femfatiigued I’m on fibro mum of twos thread we talking about the impact fibros had on us if you and jemima want to join in
 

dolphindora

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I’m not sure where you are from but I ended up giving my job in but that was also partly due my employers making it difficult for me and telling me I’d had more time off sick than anyone and eventually made it uncomfortable for me but I get help and also recently awarded LCWRA which is Limited Capability for work and work related activity this is for 17months I believe so I have no pressure to have to work but don’t get me wrong when I feel like I’m controlling this more and able to manage I definitely would like to work. I do voluntary work for NHS at home as a Check in and Chat volunteer through Covid. I’m also going to try and do Level 3 Understanding Mental Health Course from home just to keep my brain active and to feel more productive and in turn it might make me feel less low.
If you really feel unable to work and you are in the UK look at options because my doctor was giving me fit notes for months whilst on Universal Credit then I had an assessment done and was awarded the above and had more financial help. I’ve also sent in a PIP application but that was months ago.. it’s such a ridiculously slow system and there are so many many people being left to cope for themselves in unbearable pain because they can’t afford to get any help with anything and left like it for months and months..there really ought to be a much quicker turnaround. Hope this helps and even if you worked less hours you can still get help…this is from the perspective of being in the UK. I suffered so much pain and depression going to work it was too much for me personally. I reduced my hours but eventually even that was too much for me..look after “you” the best way you can.
 
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