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Does something automatically download attachments?

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Pretty much every time I post something that contains an attachment, whether it is source code, binary file or something else, I note that within seconds after I posted it, the forum shows there has been 1 download already. For a while I suspected some lurkers or bots that crawl the forum constantly looking for things to download but it seems so immediate that I wonder if that is part of how the forum software works, that once a file has been uploaded to the forum, the download counter shortly after is set to 1?

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No, the download counter for attachments should be zero unless they are explicitly clicked on.  There are certainly bots that crawl the forum constantly (such as Google), and it's likely that the bots are hitting the attachment links.

 

 ..Al

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