Eugene Smiley on 1 Sep 2008 11:57:57 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Digital Mistakes & PLUG Business

Brian Vagnoni wrote:
> Right now the archives are open to every bot and search
> engine out there. I would like to see that changed in a 
> way that would asure that only a list registered human
> was reading the information. 


> Many forums & lists these days are taking steps to prevent
> sites like google from just accessing this information
> with ease. For example I block google at my firewall from
> indexing my site.
> Like I've mentioned before I feel we should be more 
> concerned about the big data corporations harvesting
> information about us for profit than Schlocko the uberleet
> script kiddie from Futardistan.  
> Your comments are always welcome.

I think this is a really bad idea. I rely on Google before I go to the list when 
I have an issue. If we close the list to indexing we force people to ask the 
same question's already answered. You say that many forums and lists are doing 
this, but I think it's a detriment to the community, limiting the information 
available to troubleshoot an issue. I'm certainly not going to waste time 
subscribing to and then subsequently logging into many mailing lists to get the 
answers I need when I need them.

My 2 cents.
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