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I am still confused about the source of the Meta Tag META
NAME=robots" CONTENT="noindex,follow" . Our archive indexes have the
"noindex,follow" tag, but the pages for each message have "index, nofollow".
We want our archives to be available for unrestricted spidering and
indexing throughout all of the pages. What do we need to do to enable
the correct tag in our html?
What exactly does the follow or nofollow part of it do?

On a different topic.... I see several threads and methods concerning
the use of search engines for searching the archives. What would be
the most simple way for us to add a way for users to search for
keywords in our archives?

Thanks.

John Webb

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  • Brad Rogers at May 2, 2009 at 7:29 am

    On Fri, 01 May 2009 14:56:01 -0400 John Webb wrote:
    Hello John,
    What exactly does the follow or nofollow part of it do?
    (no)follow tells spiders whether or not to follow links on your page. Of
    course, it applies *only* to your page, so the link can still be arrived
    at from external pages.

    --
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    / _)rad never immediately apparent"

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  • John Webb at May 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm
    Thanks Brad. Any idea what I need to do to get index/follow into my
    archives html?

    John
    At 03:29 AM 5/2/2009, you wrote:
    Hello John,
    What exactly does the follow or nofollow part of it do?
    (no)follow tells spiders whether or not to follow links on your page. Of
    course, it applies *only* to your page, so the link can still be arrived
    at from external pages.
  • Brad Rogers at May 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

    On Sat, 02 May 2009 16:53:26 -0400 John Webb wrote:
    Hello John,
    Thanks Brad. Any idea what I need to do to get index/follow into my
    You're welcome.
    archives html?
    Mark has answered that. Which is great, 'coz I had no idea where to
    look! :-)

    --
    Regards _
    / ) "The blindingly obvious is
    / _)rad never immediately apparent"

    I'd hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain
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  • Mark Sapiro at May 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    John Webb wrote:
    Thanks Brad. Any idea what I need to do to get index/follow into my
    archives html?

    See the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/jYA9>.

    More specifically, assuming you're only concerned about English
    language, find Mailman's templates/ directory.

    Create templates/site/ and templates/site/en/ (these should be mode
    drwxrwsr-x and group mailman).

    Copy templates/en/article.html to templates/site/en/article.html.

    Edit the META tag in templates/site/en/article.html.

    If you have non-English language lists, do the same for the other
    languages.

    Stop Mailman.

    Backup archives.

    Rebuild archives - e.g.

    #! /bin/sh
    cd /path/to/mailman
    for list in `bin/list_lists --bare` ; do
    bin/arch --wipe $list
    done

    Start Mailman.

    --
    Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> The highway is for gamblers,
    San Francisco Bay Area, California better use your sense - B. Dylan

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