[ZWeb] Zope.org currently unusable

Jens Vagelpohl jens at dataflake.org
Thu Mar 10 04:33:28 EST 2005

On Mar 10, 2005, at 2:18, Andrew Sawyers wrote:

> It's a little of both; there's a group of people working on this - we 
> hope
> to have something real soon now :) as a fix.  Jens, could do you have 
> the
> time to check the zope.org robots.txt?  A lot of the problems I've seen
> recently were due to several robots spidering zope.org at a time.  I'm
> working on additional hardware and we should see more traction on the
> project sooner then later.

I don't believe all that much in robots.txt. The nasty bots completely 
ignore it, anyway. The only way to deal with them is to block them with 
e.g. iptables.

What's currently there looks odd:

User-agent: wget
Disallow: /

User-agent: Wget
Disallow: /

# Ask Google to skip search queries and the like.
User-agent: Googlebot
Disallow: /*?

Looking at the spec the case sensitivity of the User-agent value is 
only "recommended", but you could shorten that into the following, 
because multiple User-agent values are allowed per rule set:

User-agent: wget
User-agent: Wget
Disallow: /

Otherwise there really isn't much in there, and from seeing googlebots 
myself often enough I have my doubts whether the line "Disallow: /*?" 
works at all.


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