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Re: Googlebot doing POST

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:58:41 -0400
Message-ID: <CALcoZir4hFtE609um=OYtmZniSqiEbj6tVDwodmynitbAFXDwA@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM, David Booth <david@dbooth.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-11-02 at 07:29 -0700, Karl Dubost wrote:
>> FYI
>> The key sentence
>>
>> † † † So, while GET requests remain
>> † † † far more common, to surface more content on the
>> † † † web, Googlebot may now perform POST requests when
>> † † † we believe itís safe and appropriate.
>
> . . . thus *encouraging* the inappropriate use of POST by rewarding
> sloppy web publishers.
>
> IMO, Googlebot should *not* perform POST requests. †As a consequence if
> a publisher's content does not appear in Google's search results, that
> will provide a strong motivator to that publisher to fix their pages.

Completely agreed.

They don't say how they determine "safe and appropriate", but I'm not
sure why they didn't just define an HTML form extension that would
declare a particular POST processing resource as "safe", e.g.

<form method=POST safe action="/my-safe-post-processor">

Mark.
Received on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 17:59:16 GMT

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