It might be best to talk to Brian or one of the other programers on staff.
What I want to do is build a series of data scrappers to analyze my audience as well as analyzing the overall behavior of the site in general. I can already do this the information available in the html tags.
However the bot only needs to look at a few lines of code. So essentially when the bot just wants to grab a few pieces of information (No more than a few KB of data), it might be required to load entire webpages including the banner and a comic which is essentially hundreds of times more data than it really needs to load.