Another crawler I'm going to block (from a "cold email campaign" company)

This bot: https://velen.io/, which is apparently data-collecting for https://hunter.io/, which says:

At Hunter, we want to contribute to a more transparent business environment. We aim to help you run cold email campaigns that comply with data protection regulations and respect the privacy of your recipients.

No matter how they couch it, “cold email campaign” means “unsolicited commercial email” — spam. I don’t see any reason we should be contributing to that. More, I don’t want people to start getting a lot of spam at their Fedora email address just because they posted here.

I appreciate that they at least have a responsible bot policy and follow robots.txt, but… this seems like it’s taking advantage of our openness and transparency.

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