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

Erika Meyer emeyer at lclark.edu
Tue Feb 11 14:49:01 CST 2003

I agree the article is a good idea.

In general it's a good idea to think carefully about possible 
consequences before signing on to a publicly archived list, but I'm 
not sure how many of us do this.  For example, Yahoo archives are 
usually "members only" archives so don't have this googling problem 
(I'm not sure whether yahoo public archives get crawled).

I can think of one case where I was curious how a certain person I 
know  represented himself on the Internet.  I discovered his posts on 
a publicly archived list and it told me a great deal.  It told me 
what kind of persona he was presenting, and also it told me I would 
not want to join such a list using my real name or information.

I prefer not to hide my identity if possible.  But one has to 
consider all the possible effects of being un-anonymous on the 
Internet.  It's hard to call back something once it has been 


>Hi Richard:
>Why do you say "I was intending...", have you changed you mind? IMO it's a
>good idea to send a small article to help others be aware of the risk caused
>by the magnetic power of evolt.org to search engines.
>my 2 pesos
>Richard Bennett wrote:
>>  I was intending on submitting an article to evolt to warn other theList
>>  users of this issue, and to offer some ideas or guidelines.
>>  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).
>>  If anyone has any comments, feel free to reply, on or off-list.


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