What is a spider trap?

Question

In computer terms I heard someone talking about a spider trap, or so I though it was computer related, since he was also saying something about the internet...So can someone tell me what does spider trap means?...thank you much

Answer

This question was answered on March 5, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Iin "computer terms" a spider trap is a condition of dynamic Web sites in which a search engines spider becomes trapped in an endless loop of code where a spiders request for a page from a Web server is met with a the servers request for an information input from the spider, which cannot provide information to the server as it is only collecting data for the search engines index Spider traps are the result of poorly written cgi scripts and potentially can crash a server and/or prevent the spider from returning to a site

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 5, 2004