[uf-discuss] Yahoo introduces no-search microformat like function

David Mead davidjohnmead at gmail.com
Wed May 9 08:49:50 PDT 2007

My first post to this list
was actually asking this very question about using microformats to
show which areas of a web page spiders should concentrate on.

Ryan sent me the link to the robots-exclusion page but with the recent
crunch at work I haven't gone back to it.

I'm not with Yahoo or any other search engine but I think it's
something that I would like to look at further and with Yahoo's news
it would seem like sense to dig into this a little more.


On 5/8/07, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:
> On May 4, 2007, at 6:46 PM, Ben Ward wrote:
> > On 4 May 2007, at 22:19, Ted Drake wrote:
> >
> >> What's the traction for something like this and "no-follow" to get
> >> integrated into the microformat platform?
> >
> > Well, robots-nocontent is not part of the the robots-exclusion
> > draft, which in itself has not been updated for over 18 months.
> >
> > I contacted Priyank yesterday and he confirmed that Search have not
> > implemented any of the robots-exclusion draft itself, nor have they
> > implemented an opposite 'robots-content' class.
> >
> > I will email him again to see if we can get a concise specification
> > of the indexing behaviour for robots-nocontent page sections so
> > that it can at least be documented. If Peter Janes is still active
> > here or if anyone else has an interest in picking up the robots-
> > exclusion spec then it will be up to them and their work within the
> > process to determine if the implementation can be documented as
> > part of it.
> >
> > It seems like as good a time to ask; does anyone in the community
> > still have an active interest in Robots-Exclusion? Are there any
> > implementations?
> >
> > (Since I know disclosure is appreciated: If it's not already clear
> > from the communications documented in this message, I recently
> > started working for Yahoo! Europe. With relevance to this issue
> > though, I am not in any way involved in Yahoo! Search. In a more
> > general sense, at this time, none of my contributions to this list
> > are representative of Yahoo! and so on and so forth yada yada)
> AFAIK, there has been 0 interest in robots-exclusion since before we
> even launched mf.org. However, if yahoo search is interested in
> implementing this, I'd encourage anyone with influence there to point
> them at our wiki and encourage them to go through the process.
> -ryan
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