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Re: [Moderator Action] Meta Descriptions for Google SERPs

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 15:01:06 -0500
To: beussery@gmail.com
Message-Id: <B4D0A3EA-185E-4E42-B131-7A6F6E766B4D@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org

On 29 Mar 2009, at 9:37 AM, Brian Ussery wrote:

> Dear W3C
>
> Thank you for the invitation to provide feedback about the new W3C  
> website design at beta.w3.org.
>
> While I like the new design from a visual perspective, I was  
> surprised to find it lacking important meta (description, NOODP and/ 
> or other) at the page level.  Since meta descriptions and other  
> forms of meta are used by Google for snippets seen by users in  
> search results, this seems like an important issue to bring to your  
> attention.


Hello Brian,

We avoid including metadata that targets particular search engines or  
user agents. We have
included rel="nofollow" in some cases out of sheer necessity.

Which metadata specifically were you thinking of?

  _ Ian

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