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User-Agent policy

... As of February 15, 2010, Wikimedia sites require a HTTP User-Agent header for all requests. This was an operative decision made by the technical staff and was announced and discussed on the technical mailing list.[1][2] The rationale is, that clients that do not send a User-Agent string are mostly ill behaved scripts that cause a lot of load on the servers, without benefiting the projects. Note that non-descriptive default values for the User-Agent string, such as used by Perl\'s libwww, may also be blocked from using Wikimedia web site (or parts of the web sites, such as api.php). ... [full article] (16 views)
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