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Bug ID: 58758
Summary: Prevent mirrors of Wikipedia from including NOINDEXED
Component: Site requests
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This may be actually impossible, but I'm filing a bug to discuss strategies for
preventing mirrors of Wikipedia from including pages we NOINDEX. A good example
of this is user pages or user talk pages, and the new Draft namespace on
Technically speaking these pages are free content just like anything else on
Wikipedia (with the exception of fair use images, etc.). However, there are
good reasons for us to not want content to be indexed by search engines and
found by readers.
Numerous times, I've had Wikipedians bring up the valid point that mirrors
erode our ability to control search indexing, because they mirror content we
NOINDEX, but do not replicate the contents of our robots.txt.
There may practically be no way to prevent this. Even if that's the case, we
should record why that is and WONTFIX this, as a point of reference.
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