d_s (donnaidh_sidhe) wrote in suggestions,

blocking search engines from LJ high scores

blocking search engines from LJ high scores

Short, concise description of the idea
This is just to give to the LJ high scores list the same privacy that individual journals have by preventing search engines from indexing the page with the high scores.

Full description of the idea
As it is now, the journal of anyone who's on the high score list can be found via the high scores list by anyone with their username of nickname if the name is entered into a search engine, and that's basically the same as the journal itself coming up on the search results page. Some people might not mind this, especially if they have non-distinctive names. Others have the option checked on their Personal Info pages to block spiders from indexing their journals, and this option is useless if they've at any point helped out in the support forum and gotten credit for it. As it stands, the progression is now search engine -> LJ High Scores -> Journal, as opposed to Search engine -> Journal; it's basically just an extra step that easily bypasses their request for a little bit more privacy. I'm just suggesting this because I have a unique name on all of the Web, and it is extremely easy to find my journal while using it. I could have avoided this by not helping out in the support forums, but I didn't know that this was what would happen. I suppose I'm a guinea pig. ;P

An ordered list of benefits

  • A bit more privacy; your journal isn't so easy to find if it's under a unique name
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • I can't think of any drawbacks at the moment, but some might come to me later...
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • I'm not familiar with the code system of LJ, so I cannot be too detailed with how to go about doing this. However, I'm fairly certain that my idea can easily be implemented using the same system that blocks spiders from individual journals.
  • Tags: privacy, robots.txt, support, § implemented
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