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    http and a telephoto
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    This won't be a direct quote, to protect the source in case she ever wanders onto this forum, but this is just a bizarre question in my mind...

    "I block the googlebot from my site in robots.txt and now I can't find my site in google. Have I been banned?"

    I didn't know whether to post in Daily Chuckle or Search Engine Questions or.... so I had to post it here.

    Why, why, why? I can see blocking it from specific subdirs, but from your whole site?? And then wonder why you aren't in google????
    Deborah Carney
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    This is what terrifies me when newbies start taking action before they understand what they're doing!

    I think you should send her a PM and clue her in to how it works. Tell her to search Google for "robots.txt" and to learn all about it before she creates a new one. Also advise her to use a validator before she uploads it.

    Andy

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    Oh, I replied with the obvious....

    and she answered "Do they follow the robots.txt?"

    So why.... why..... why..... I can't deal with someone that is that dense, I just can't.....
    Deborah Carney
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    LOL Loxly, I had 7 years in IT support...

    (Which is why I'm very keen to make websites pay their and my way... )

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    I worked in Customer Service for a large website... and have been on many lists to offer advise to new webmasters, this one just floors me.

    So I emailed her to ask if she *wants* to be in google or not....

    It just seems that stoopid people abound today all over the net....
    Deborah Carney
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    It isn't just newbies.

    The thing that finally floored me after 7 years was a major UK financial institution who were using Web Content Management Software to maintain their Intranet.

    For a week their server kept crashing every few hours. My contact was extremely stressed - I was extremely stressed because I had no idea what was causing the problem.

    After a week of looking at the log files for our software and finding no problems I asked to see their NT system logs.

    They had a hardware failure in their RAID array.

    That should have been the FIRST thing they checked before giving grief to any software vendor.

    These morons are responsible for billions of pounds of people's money...

    And for the fact that my hair is grey LOL

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    UGH!!!
    Deborah Carney
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