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Opened 3 months ago

Closed 2 months ago

#4548 closed defect (wontfix)

Noindex empty support profile subpages

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Support Forums Keywords: seo 2nd-opinion
Cc:

Description

Profiles in the support section, such as https://wordpress.org/support/users/evalim/, feature multiple 'subpages' such as https://wordpress.org/support/users/evalim/reviews/ and https://wordpress.org/support/users/evalim/replied-to/.

When these subpages have no content, they should output a meta robots tag with a value of 'noindex, follow'.

Change History (2)

#1 @dd32
2 months ago

  • Component changed from Profiles to Support Forums
  • Keywords 2nd-opinion added

Took a quick look into this, and threw it into the too-hard basket to implement as requested.

It's yet another page where bbPress doesn't know if the page has any data until it attempts to render it, and in this case I don't think the double-uncached-queries option makes sense here (That's what happened when all the other robots tags were added to the forums..)

I think the only option here that makes sense, is to Robots: noindex, follow /support/users/*. We've already got the user endpoint canonical'd to profiles.wordpress.org anyway.

#2 @jonoaldersonwp
2 months ago

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Hah, what a pain.

Not keen on adding to robots.txt; the canonical tags won't then be discovered/respected, and, there are tons of internal links to these pages. We'd make a mess.

Let's live with it for now! :)

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