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Iwanttobeachubbyboy 30th September 2007 04:39 PM

Google spider
I just found out that the Goolgle spider indexes this forum. That means that people can find me being a member here when they are searching on my nickname:eek:

Okay, [secret_replacement_name] is not my real name... but some people who know me for real DO know about this name... and well... I prefer them not to know about my specific interests regarding bellies:o Maybe more people can have this problem?

So... my question is: is it possible to exclude Google (and other search machines) to index the forum of this page? I found out that it's possible via a robots.txt file (see for more information).
Otherwise: is it somehow possible to change my nickname?

On beforehand a very, very big thank you! :D

FatMike 30th September 2007 04:52 PM

Of course its possible, but you need to think about these things before joining the site... Theres no need for us to ban search engine spiders in my opinion, otherwise many of our members who found us through such curiosity would never be here.

If you do want your username changed, just PM our admin, Guts and in almost all circumstances he will be happy to change it for you.

Icarus 30th September 2007 06:49 PM

Awfully good point, one of the reasons I keep meaning to change my username....

Toddle 1st October 2007 03:55 AM

Same here. I just can't think of something new to use other than this.

Guts 1st October 2007 09:07 AM

While I've already changed a couple of usernames, please note that google's history of past posts won't magically disappear.

Icarus 1st October 2007 04:29 PM

True, and while not eradicating it, it does make it a little harder to be tracked.

Pwim 1st October 2007 08:58 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that once Google's spider comes along again and sees the updated pages with a new username, it will replace the existing one in its cache, at least in so far as the general public can access. I don't think Google keeps its cached pages indefinitely.

Toddle 2nd October 2007 01:22 AM

It might. I'm not sure. We should try to look into that somehow. But still, Guts is right. But it doesn't matter because like you said, it WOULD update the cache, and change the name on all old posts too. So, in a way, I guess it makes no sense to change your name while at th esame time it does.

Icarus 3rd October 2007 08:34 PM

Right, i'm going to change mine, same theme, same greek-based-story-line, but new name none the less, and non-linked to my other one.

You'll see ;)

Pwim 3rd October 2007 09:16 PM

This is gonna be so confusing...

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