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Bug 2798 - robots are instructed to index redirect pages
robots are instructed to index redirect pages
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Redirects (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2005-07-11 13:35 UTC by Warren Stuart
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:04 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Warren Stuart 2005-07-11 13:35:12 UTC
When I use the search engine (mnoGoSearch) to index my site I get lots of
duplicate pages caused by redirects. What I propose is that redirect pages have
the meta tag for robots changed to noindex. This might also help with search
engines indexing wikipedia and make them get a better index of the site.

current on all pages
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow" />
proposed for redirect pages
<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />
Comment 1 Warren Stuart 2005-07-12 08:42:12 UTC
an quick example of this is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox

Which gives 

Mozilla Firefox
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
(Redirected from Firefox)

but the robots meta is
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow" />
Comment 2 Niklas Laxström 2005-07-23 23:56:40 UTC
Changing summary to reflect the problem and upping severity to normal
Comment 3 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-07-24 00:16:16 UTC
Wouldn't this hurt rankings for alternate spellings of the title?
Comment 4 Christian Schmidt 2005-10-05 19:21:53 UTC
In order to allow alternate spellings to be indexed by search engines, the name
of redirect articles could be mentioned in a meta tag of the target article,
i.e. <meta name="keywords" content="...">.

I don't know whether meta tags are honoured by search engines anymore, though.
Comment 5 ABCD 2005-10-05 20:06:16 UTC
I think that maybe, if the User-Agent is that of a major search engine (e.g.
Google), then when requesting a redirect page, instead of the standard redirect,
the bot should recieve an HTTP 301, so that it will consider it to be the same
page as the target - reducing dups in the search results.
Comment 6 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-10-05 20:25:30 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> In order to allow alternate spellings to be indexed by search engines, the name
> of redirect articles could be mentioned in a meta tag of the target article,
> i.e. <meta name="keywords" content="...">.
> 
> I don't know whether meta tags are honoured by search engines anymore, though.

this is the requirement of
bug 846: feature request: control of meta name="KEYWORDS" content="..."
Comment 7 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-10-06 00:17:53 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> I think that maybe, if the User-Agent is that of a major search engine (e.g.
> Google), then when requesting a redirect page, instead of the standard redirect,
> the bot should recieve an HTTP 301

I may be wrong about this, but I remember hearing that Google make spot checks
of some kind with a user-agent of something like IE, to penalise sites that send
completely different "optimised" content to the main crawler. 

Comment 8 Brion Vibber 2006-01-22 04:25:04 UTC
Restored bug from flood attack.
Comment 9 Brion Vibber 2006-01-22 04:25:36 UTC
Closing this WONTFIX; this behavior is deliberate, so titles can be searched on.

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