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Bug 10052 - Add class="robots-nocontent" in footer to prevent Yahoo's search engine from indexing it
Add class="robots-nocontent" in footer to prevent Yahoo's search engine from ...
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Blocks: 17004 22771
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Reported: 2007-05-28 19:59 UTC by Théo
Modified: 2011-08-14 18:22 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Footer in google context (32.71 KB, image/png)
2007-05-28 19:59 UTC, Théo

Description Théo 2007-05-28 19:59:48 UTC
Created attachment 3686 [details]
Footer in google context

When I search on Google about Wikipedia's article, I see often in the context : « Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a US-registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity. » (and not what I search).

Yahoo has a solution : add class="robots-nocontent" in the element, and Yahoo will ignore it (cf & )

Can we do that, in Wikimedia's site, or by default in MediaWiki ?
Comment 1 Robert Leverington 2007-07-07 16:23:10 UTC
I don't think this is a good idea as there is often useful information in that section and it helps advertise MediaWiki.
Comment 2 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-07-08 03:22:54 UTC
Google at least is usually pretty clever about noticing and filtering out boilerplate content.  I'm not sure this would be particularly useful, on the whole, although it might occasionally help marginally with the one specific engine that supports it.
Comment 3 Rob Church 2007-07-10 11:47:48 UTC
Of course, adding a vendor-specific thing isn't much use for other search engines.
Comment 4 Happy-melon 2010-03-14 18:37:28 UTC
Yahoo doesn't seem to have this problem any more; and vendor-specific solutions are not good ideas for problems like this.

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