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I was reading the reddit thread on Claude AI crawlers effectively DDOSing Linux Mint forums

and I wanted to block all ai crawlers from my selfhosted stuff.

I don't trust crawlers to respect the Robots.txt but you can get one here:

Since I use Caddy as a Server, I generated a directive that blocks them based on their useragent. The content of the regex basically comes from darkvisitors.

Sidenote - there is a module for blocking crawlers as well, but it seemed overkill for me

For anybody who is interested, here is the block_ai_crawlers.conf I wrote.

(blockAiCrawlers) {
  @blockAiCrawlers {
    header_regexp User-Agent "(?i)(Bytespider|CCBot|Diffbot|FacebookBot|Google-Extended|GPTBot|omgili|anthropic-ai|Claude-Web|ClaudeBot|cohere-ai)"
  handle @blockAiCrawlers {

# Usage:
# 1. Place this file next to your Caddyfile
# 2. Edit your Caddyfile as in the example below
# ```
# import block_ai_crawlers.conf
# {
#   import blockAiCrawlers
#   reverse_proxy * localhost:3000
# }
# ```
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[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

In dark mode, the anchor tags are difficult to read. They're dark blue on a dark background. Perhaps consider something with a much higher contrast?

A picture of a website with a dark purple background and dark blue links.

Apart from that, nice idea - I'm going to deploy the zipbomb today!

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

nice catch, thanks (i use light mode most of the time)