Well let me give you a website owner's answer. Remembering I have logs of the activity of the Stalkstalk stalker going back to May 2010, and have had conversations with Senior People at Stalkstalk and been exchanging emails since before I made this public.
1. All of my sites are Copyright; therefore, any crawler needs either my implied permission or specific permission to access my sites. The robots.txt files are written in a way that specifically allows specific crawlers to access my sites and bars the rest. That includes the Stalkstalk stalker, which does not identify itself as a crawler rather as a normal BB user. Thus, anything that the Stalkstalk stalker downloads from my sites is in breach of copyright.
2. My forum"Phoenix Broadband Advice Community"
is a members only forum and closed to guests, although we have made the two topics on this subject available to guest because of the general importance of them. Therefore, any one or thing accessing the forum without permission is breaking the rules of the forum.
3. Very simply the cost of allowing the Stalkstalk stalker access. It cost money to supply the bandwidth that it uses. All the other crawlers give me something in return advertising, the Stalkstalk crawler give me nothing just take without a by your leave and cost me money for the bandwidth it has used.
4. I have the right to allow onto my sites those I chose. Stalkstalk were told in May 2010, and it has been repeated, that they were not to access my sites. They ignored that and continue to access/attempt to access my sites. I do not want them there, as I believe they breach the privacy of the visitors to my site and give nothing in return.
Maybe that will help you appreciate this is not as simple as some people think it is.
Edited by Hatari (Sat 31-Jul-10 14:34:15)