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Bug 4787 - Tag to exclude page from external search engines
Tag to exclude page from external search engines
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 7 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-01-29 09:36 UTC by Walter Vermeir
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:05 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Walter Vermeir 2006-01-29 09:36:34 UTC
Now (allmost) all pages of the wiki show up in google and others search engines. 

Request; make a tag (like __NOINDEX__ ) that results that the page that contains
that tag would send the "noindex" request to spiders.

So can local projects and users decide them self of there user page or a archive
page will show up in google
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-03-27 19:08:59 UTC
We're not likely to do this, as our wikis are supposed to be public. Such a tag would at a minimum interfere with searching 
and at worst can be abused.
Comment 2 jeroenvrp 2006-03-27 20:08:27 UTC
That's a valid point of Brion, but as I understand this concerns only user pages
and talk pages. So I like to propose a  wiki-wide option to disable
search-indexing on user pages, talk pages, talk user pages, wikipedia pages,
etc. Search-indexing is only relevant for the articles.


Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-03-27 20:28:20 UTC
This is a public project, where items are being published on the Internet, not a
discussion forum. If you don't want to be found in a Google search, *don't
publish things.*
Comment 4 Alison Wheeler 2006-06-24 19:11:55 UTC
Rob's "If you don't want to be found in a Google search, *don't
publish things.* falls down though where Wikipedia is concerned as - with very
rare exceptions - the subjects of the articles didn't create them, or request us
to write them, or supply us with the data. Indeed, many ask us to delete the
article whether it is good or bad content. I'm not presently re-opening this
item, but I think it deserves reconsideration at some point.

Comment 5 Brion Vibber 2006-06-24 19:24:06 UTC
Every page on Wikipedia is by definition meant to be public 
and published, so material that should not be public and 
published indeed *should* be deleted.
Comment 6 Richard J. Holton 2006-08-04 02:36:44 UTC
Something I've noticed that is relevant: Using the define:foo feature on google
often results in a Wikipedia listing. This is good. However, if you ask google
to define a misspelled word for which Wikipedia has a redirect in place, you get
the correct definition without any real indication that you misspelled the word. 

For example, ask google for define:anthromorph (a misspelling of anthropomorph),
you get the first part of the Wikipedia page [[Anthropomorphism]], with no
indication that you asked for a misspelling. Seems like an argument for allowing
 some redirect pages to have the "noindex" attribute.

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