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Re: Suggestion: 'rel="unrelated"

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@iinet.net.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 12:11:03 +1100
Message-ID: <41F2F9A7.1090600@iinet.net.au>
To: Trejkaz <trejkaz@trypticon.org>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Trejkaz wrote:
> I'm starting to wonder why this couldn't have been achieved without markup at 
> all.  The web server _knows_ that it's Googlebot requesting the page.  
> Couldn't the web application simply omit the entire comment section?

You, like Google, seem to be forgetting that a lot of legitimate and 
valuable discussion takes place within blog comments.  Marking comments 
off in a way that tells a search engine to ignore the content or 
omitting them entirely is essentially denying their existence.  That is 
harmful because searches would then fail to return those kind of 
results, even though their content may be highly relevent.

Lachlan Hunt
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Received on Sunday, 23 January 2005 01:11:16 UTC

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