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  • Assuming the issue here was the "Personal Use Only " and "No Automated Querying" sections, I really don't see how the existence of a module can violate Gogles TOS (unless there's some automated test-case that they take issue to).

    As long as the module CAN be used in accordance with their TOS (ie: as long as I can use it to write a script which I use for Personal Use) then the module itself is not in violation. If they don't like the way some asshole is using the Module, they should go after the asshole.

    • I don't they would have asked for it's removal had it not been a pressing issue. I get at least one fucktard a day who wrote a crawler to use on the cpan search engine that doesn't respect robots.txt or anything else for that matter effectively crippling the service for everyone else...idiots with a little perl and not a lot of common sense can ruin your day.

      The author removed the module voluntarily. However, the others in the namespace would do well to consider the applications of their modules and compl

      • I still say they should be going after the users, not the code.

        I mean, if people are slamming their site with a module, taking the module off CPAN isn't going to stop them -- they've still got it, and they'll still use it.

        There is definitely somethign to be said however for trying to make you modules play as nicely as possible -- having a section in the documentation on how to use the module responsably is good, but module writters might also want to consider putting "safety valves" in their code, tha

        • Perhaps people writting modules in the WWW::Search hierarchy could put similar data into X- headers without documenting the "feature" so Search engines can better block/track assholes abusing the module.

          Even outside of the context of this discussion, this is a fabulous idea. Not so much to enable search engines to block abusers, but because software that uses the Net should be self-identifying, especially software that iteratively traverses a site.


          • We don't need no stinkin' X- headers. That's what User-Agent is for.
            • Most of the CPAN Modules I've seen that act as HTTP clients set the User-Agent, but they also have a documented method for the User to override it (in case they need to masquarade as a particuar User-Agent.

              I'm suggesting some headers that would be completely undocumented, and could only be overridden using an undocumented method. Most people would be completely unaffected (since the extra X headers would be ignored) and anyone who was affected wouldn't have too much trouble looking at the source to figure out where the headers were coming from (especially if the headers themselves were self documenting...

              X-CPAN-Module: WWW::Search::FooBar
              X-CPAN-Module-Info: you can remove these headers using hide_extra_headers()