drathbun wrote:More importantly, why would any board owner give a bot permission to read something private? Then all someone has to do is use google to read the private forums; doesn't make sense.
I have a real example as member from a WOW gamer board.
The admin give permissions to bots check all our contents and post in google search, for try get more people.
People see in the google results some part of our messages like strategy about bosses, etc, and this works pretty nice, we got a lot of petition to join on our guild.
Btw mostly of our older members always was play using forbiden bots in game to skip the boring parts, since in ACP there no way to set something like this:
BOT X Y Z can work on Forum A
BOT X Y can work on Forum Secret
We got reported to blizzard because the google post some parts from our private forum where we discuss about the forbidden bots in game sad
In this example, we set the bot WGTools.com [LinkChecker] on the secret forum to lazy people check the link before download the bots, but all phpbb bots was active too showing about our forbiden bots ingame at google/yahoo and others search engine
But i have a question how can i block some content using robots.txt ?