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A while ago some requested, for privacy reasons, to deny access to user profile details to not registered users.

After a while I realized that for others, instead, is great to have profiles public and crawled by spiders.

Since v10, it is now possible to validate spiders by a inverse dns query, so what if we have under admin -> users cfg, 2 new options?

1. Allow visitors to view user profiles: yes/no (if yes, the below option wont matter)
2. Allow authenticated search engines to view users profiles.

Option 2: would this cause issues with crawlers? They have access to a page where incoming users doesn't?
Any SEO expert?

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Perhaps make Option2 a Subset of Option 1 (ie Option 2 is always false unless Option 1 is true). Wouldn't this avoid the potential problem with SEO?

I was one of those who requested hiding the user profile for privacy reasons.

I can also see the need for profile info to be public on occasion.

But I can't see a reason for making profiles available to search engines and NOT visitors. Besides anything else it would appear deceitful.

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Or a different way to look at it is:

1. Allow visitors to view user profile page: yes/no
2. Deny search engines on user profile page yes/no.

Means that:
1.no, only registered users can, as it is now.

1.yes and 2.yes, visitors can view but crawler wont cache it.
1.yes and 2.no, they can cache (this time "any" crawler).

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Whatever you do, users must have the ultimate right to protect their privacy.

Search engines cannot be trusted, no matter, or maybe even especially, how big they are.

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Phoenix wrote
Whatever you do, users must have the ultimate right to protect their privacy.

Search engines cannot be trusted, no matter, or maybe even especially, how big they are.


I agree 100%. It should be option(s) in the users CP.

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