[Mediawiki-l] 'Randompage' in robots.txt should be 'Random'?

Freddy Vulto fvulto at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 18:27:35 UTC 2006

The file robots.txt on wikipedia.org contains:

   Disallow: /wiki/Special:Randompage
   Disallow: /wiki/Special%3ARandompage

but the actual link is Special:Random - not Special:Randompage, so
shouldn't robots.txt contain:

   Disallow: /wiki/Special:Random
   Disallow: /wiki/Special%3ARandom

The current setting lets Google index random pages.  Now when you select
a search result, Google will serve you another (random) page - NOT the
page as suggested in the search results.  For example, search Google for:

   allinanchor:"Special:Random" site:wikipedia.org

and click on link '../wiki/Special:Random'.

Freddy Vulto

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