• Darrin Ward

    Great comparison Danny!

  • http://twitter.com/SusanMoskwa SusanMoskwa

    “Ironically, at Google, they had a system to remove pages quickly… But the documentation today is terrible. Little is explained if you’re not logged in. If you are logged in, the link for the webmaster version doesn’t work. The entire feature Google described in 2007 is gone.”

    No, it’s not gone. For content you own, the feature is in Webmaster Tools under Site configuration > Crawler access > Remove URL. For content you don’t control, it’s at http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals.

    Documentation is available at http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=156412 without being logged in. If you still think it’s lacking, I’d love to hear specifics so that we can improve it…

  • http://www.antezeta.com/blog/ Sean Carlos

    Bing seems to be documenting the nosnippet tag in this blog post

    http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/webmaster/archive/2008/06/03/robots-exclusion-protocol-joining-together-to-provide-better-documentation.aspx

    I guess I’ll have to set up a test to see if this is actually true – and if Yahoo now supports it too as the post says.

  • Stupidscript

    Very informative, Danny. Thanks!

    I always look at a couple of things with any new proposal of this type:

    1) What problem does it solve (better than existing tools)?
    2) Who is calling for it?

    In the case of #1, it looks like your analysis illustrates that the problem intended to be solved is already being addressed quite robustly by a method everyone understands. So this leads me to think that it is far more important to look at …

    … #2 … and, well … any time a group of industry proponents gathers to promote something, keep your hand on your wallet. It’s easy to see how ACAP could be developed to generate income, both for those who use it (as described) and … most importantly … for those who seek to become its gatekeepers, even though this was not discussed in your article. It’s a very small leap from self-managed (free) to authority-managed (subscribed). And who better to manage such authorization than those who worked so tirelessly to get the thing approved? ;)