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--- Quote from: feline on May 21, 2012, 02:35:24 AM ---We have decided to allow no access to the contents before the cookie storage is not accepted.
This switchable option we have implemented in our portal, but no one MUST use it.
That is at least more than SMF and other mod authors make ..

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Won't that screw up search engine access entirely?


--- Quote from: Arantor on May 21, 2012, 09:09:31 AM ---Won't that screw up search engine access entirely?

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No .. search engines (they detect by SMF as robot) can read all  ;)

Oh, fantastic, you're going to fall foul of the cloaking rule then.

Basically Google penalises sites that show drastically different content to robots as to users. A certain technical site that expects people to pay for viewing answers, but showed everything to Google, was a notorious example, especially after Google dropped their site-wide PR by several points.

Whether that's automated or not is not entirely clear - but it's the reason why SMF doesn't allow you to show boards to search engines that guests cannot.

Well .. of course can google and co. not scan boards/topics they not visible for guests ..
a spider can see that what a guest can see .. if the ECL function enabled or not ..

But if you require people to accept cookies before any access to content, how can a search engine agree to accept cookies?


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