Brad Fitzpatrick (bradfitz) wrote in lj_dev,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Google Blog Search -- relax, yo

I got this email from Google:
Hey Brad,

EvanM passed a note our way from LJ Tech Support, regarding Blog Search and its accidental indexing of "noindex" LJ content. Just wondering if you guys could let your users know that this was entirely unintentional, and a fix should go live within the next day or two? (hopefully tomorrow)

So y'all can relax.

(I'm also talking to them about RSS/Atom specs for indicating noindex so they don't have to hit up HTML to learn about it.)

And please, people, stop spreading paranoia: they're not using RSS as a "workaround" to not obey robots.txt and noindex... that's just silly on so many levels.

Remember the golden rule on the Internets:
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
... or in this case, an accident.

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