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PostPosted: Wed 13 Apr , 2011 5:34 pm 
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Try googling anything from our m77t and geek forum - it's able to find results, which means the search engine has access to the forum. If you're not logged in and click on the results you get prompted for a login, but if you click on the google cache, you see the content without logging in.

Is this a cause for concern? There's not much confidential info there, but occasionally people post their phone numbers, or flight number and landing time. I think we originally made it member-only for that reason.

For what it's worth, I think the Members' Lounge is properly protected - I wasn't able to reproduce the above results with it.

Edit: here's an example of what I mean

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Apr , 2011 6:26 pm 
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My filter blocks me from seeing your link, but I get the gist of it.

So is there a way we can protect that forum like we do the Members' Lounge?

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 5:52 pm 
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If for some reason we can't protect that forum from google, it might be a good idea to send out a member-wide PM letting people know in case they wanna edit out their #s and addresses.


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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 8:21 pm 
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I spent a little bit of time looking around in the ACP to see what I could do. I didn't find anything on that initial foray. I could look around again.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 9:34 pm 
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The Members' Lounge seems to be configured correctly - if you copy the permissions exactly that should do the trick.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 11:02 pm 
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Can you check it now?

I copied the permissions from the Members' Lounge to the m77t and geek forum. I'm not sure I did it right, but I did something! :blackeye:

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 11:15 pm 
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There doesn't seem to be any functionality to test bots' permission like you can a regular member. We might just have to wait until until the Google cache is refreshed - how often is that?

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr , 2011 11:30 pm 
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I don't know. We should google that to find an answer. ;)


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There are actually two different spider processes at Google, the
regular GoogleBot (aka DeepBot) and the FreshBot. The purpose of the
FreshBot is to re-index every day or two sites which have constantly
changing content. It sometimes picks up on new sites which have not
yet made it to the main index.

Here is a FAQ page about the GoogleBot at WebMasterWorld:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/9213.htm

a) Any new sites get spidered sometime within the month after they are
submitted, which may or may not be before the next major index update.
There appears to be no priority given to new sites.

Sometimes a new site gets noticed by FreshBot and appears in the index
really quickly, often with a good PageRank, because the PageRank has
been estimated, not calculated. The new site can disappear from search
results just as quickly.

b) Existing sites can get spidered at any time within the month
following a major Google update. Basically they are re-spidering every
site they know of, and it takes them most of a month to do so. Some
webmasters report being spidered at roughly the same time each month.

c) The cached copy is a replica of what the GoogleBot saw when it last
visited. There is a way of finding out when that was. Search for it
using Comet Web Search, then click on "archived copy" to see Google's
cache of the page, and a note stating the date of the cache.

Comet Web Search
http://search.cometsystems.com/

Here is a history of when Google has updated its main index:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/2657.htm

As you can see, it is roughly once a month, and despite much
speculation, there is no way to work out when it will happen next, not
even by following the phases of the moon.


I hope this helps. Information of this type is only an amalgamation of
opinions. Google does not make much information available to the
public, and that includes Google Answers researchers - we are very
seperate from Google the search engine.



From here: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=187596

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