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Bug 7042 - Exclude redirect pages from search engines
Exclude redirect pages from search engines
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Redirects (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-08-17 15:05 UTC by kLL
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description kLL 2006-08-17 15:05:56 UTC
I know there's technical difficulty in having proper URL after redirection AND 
keeping the information, but there's a solution to this problem:

Add <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"> to redirected pages (these with 
wrong URL and content taken from another page) and make sure they contain a link to 
redirect destination.

This will exclude duplicates from Google and alike, and since there's "follow" 
directive, link to the original page will be followed and proper URL will be indexed.

For example:
should be excluded from search engines, however it should contain link to:
which would be indexed instead.
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-08-17 15:08:25 UTC
But it would also contain many other links, all of which would be given equal
weight to the actual redirect link, no?
Comment 2 kLL 2006-08-17 15:12:53 UTC
My proposal doesn't rely on weight of links, because I suggest adding noindex to meta 
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-08-17 22:42:58 UTC
Er, iirc we explicitly want redirects to be available to search 

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