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Halabis
post Feb 9 2012, 09:27 PM
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Is anyone else having problems getting to dumpshock through google?

If I type "dumpshock forums" or even "forums.dumpshock" into google, it doesnt even show up in the first two pages. A link to the wikipedia entry for dumpshock does, as does the SR4 forums, and www.dumpshock.com, but not the forums themselves. Anyone else having this issue?
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Sengir
post Feb 10 2012, 05:55 PM
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It's nothing on your side, the admins have configured the forums.dumpshock.com domain to not show up on search engines:
http://forums.dumpshock.com/robots.txt
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post Feb 10 2012, 07:55 PM
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Why would they do this? Won't this just stifle growth and prevent new members from finding the site?
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post Feb 10 2012, 11:13 PM
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Good question...a bit less traffic?
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post Feb 12 2012, 10:52 AM
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No search engines - less traffic - fewer bots - less server strain - reduced rate of growth.

Missing anything?
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post Feb 12 2012, 04:20 PM
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www.dumpshock.com links right here; no good?
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post Feb 12 2012, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE (Yerameyahu @ Feb 12 2012, 05:20 PM) *
www.dumpshock.com links right here; no good?

  • When googling for "shadowrun forums", this is what I get. Doesn't really look inviting, right?
  • General searches like "technomancer rigging" won't show results from here at all
  • Searching the forums via "site:dumpshock.com" (google does some useful stuff like alternate spellings) doesn't work either


In short: Not really (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post Feb 12 2012, 05:19 PM
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It's true that the native search does suck, like all forums. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/frown.gif)
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post Feb 12 2012, 08:58 PM
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Hmm, I must be spoiled. I participate in several forums that do a pretty decent job of providing easily searchable forums. That said this particular topic seems kind of like a missed opportunity at first glance to me-but then I know the moderation isn't really a unified voice, as it were. I'm sure that this, combined with what would seem like a part time moderation team equates to a less aggressive public presence at times.
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post Feb 12 2012, 11:57 PM
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We are grognards.
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post Feb 13 2012, 11:42 PM
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QUOTE (Sengir @ Feb 10 2012, 11:55 AM) *
It's nothing on your side, the admins have configured the forums.dumpshock.com domain to not show up on search engines:
http://forums.dumpshock.com/robots.txt
Doh! I was working on the robots and when I was dealing with a performance issue and forgot to come back to it...
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post Feb 14 2012, 05:24 AM
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Google.com showed up in the user list tonight, so I presume their spiders have found us.
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post Feb 14 2012, 02:19 PM
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QUOTE (Redjack @ Feb 14 2012, 12:42 AM) *
Doh! I was working on the robots and when I was dealing with a performance issue and forgot to come back to it...

Well, that might of course also be a reason...
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post Feb 14 2012, 10:04 PM
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QUOTE (BishopMcQ @ Feb 14 2012, 06:24 AM) *
Google.com showed up in the user list tonight, so I presume their spiders have found us.

say what?
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post Feb 14 2012, 11:42 PM
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Google.com has been showing up over the last day or so in the Active Users list at the bottom of the front page.
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post Feb 14 2012, 11:44 PM
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… They have a user account?
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post Feb 14 2012, 11:50 PM
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Nope. If you mouse over, there's no link, but they announce themselves.
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post Feb 15 2012, 03:13 PM
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Probably the forum software recognizes the Google spider (user agent and everything) and just puts the entry in the user list.

I for one welcome our new arachnoid overlords, hopefully they will index the whole forum...
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post Feb 15 2012, 05:42 PM
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Yah, being able to use site:dumpshock.com will be soo worth it . .
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post Feb 16 2012, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE (Halabis @ Feb 10 2012, 09:55 PM) *
Why would they do this? Won't this just stifle growth and prevent new members from finding the site?

Cos new members will obviously now to search for "dumpshock forums" and dotn just simple serach "shadowrun forums" that has dumpshock as a third result.
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post Mar 5 2012, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (Mäx @ Feb 16 2012, 11:14 PM) *
Cos new members will obviously now to search for "dumpshock forums" and dotn just simple serach "shadowrun forums" that has dumpshock as a third result.


Comes up as 2nd for me so we just have to take down the catalyst forums......
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post Mar 16 2012, 04:50 PM
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If it stops my players finding it then that's all good by me (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

It's a bit of a pain having to watch what I say tbh, as I would prefer to be able to ask for specific help here that would inevitably include spoilers. Not sure what to do about it.
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post Apr 6 2012, 02:55 PM
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QUOTE (Shortstraw @ Mar 5 2012, 06:29 AM) *
Comes up as 2nd for me so we just have to take down the catalyst forums......
Time for a Shadowrun...
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