[thesite] request for google blocking meta tag in archive post

William Anderson neuro at well.com
Tue Feb 11 12:59:01 CST 2003

Richard Bennett wrote:
> [snip]
> My idea was to advising using a site's IP address (as tinyURL use might
> increase archive linkrot), instead of the URL, and offering an easy way
> to find the IP address (bookmarklet or something).

using an IP address to access a site is useless.  IP addresses can change
often while DNS names attached to them will stay the same.  Some sites also
use multple IP addresses via load balancing or clustering or simple round
robin - which would you choose?

Also, some sites (especially virtual hosts hosted on Apache or IIS) may only
be access by name, not IP, as many sites may be hosted on a single IP and
the sites accessed by the Host: HTTP header.  Accessing such a site will
give you either the first vhost set up, or a master site page, either of
which will most likely have nothing to do with the site you actually
intended to be seen.

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