[LON-CAPA-admin] "Googling" loncapa john abbott gives correct server, but with wrong domain

Michael Dugdale michael.dugdale at johnabbott.qc.ca
Thu Sep 29 08:42:39 EDT 2011

Thanks for the reply.  Good to know that I'm not alone.

I checked the access logs, and yes indeed googlebot was trying to access the robots.txt file.  So, I've created one to disallow everything.  I'll also talk to our IT people and see if they have a webmaster account.  Apparently there is a way to de-list a URL using the Webmaster Tools.


On 2011-09-29, at 07:18 , Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:

> Hi,
> Unfortunately, this is a known problem. So far, I have not come up with any good solution. Trying to make Google do certain things is like alchemy, they don't tell you how they operate, and there is a potentially large delay loop in seeing any effects. I am not sure Google listens to robots.txt and meta-tags. One thing you could try is look at your access log if Google even tries to get a robots.txt file - if you never see any access to that filename from a Google robot, they don't use it.
> I am afraid the best solution is to again tell the students to go to the right URL … yes, I know, our students are the same …
> - Gerd.
> On Sep 28, 2011, at 11:21 PM, Michael Dugdale wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm not sure how this has occurred, but somewhere out there, google has created a link that is causing a bit of a headache.  Rather than use the links provided by their teachers, students have been "googling" lon-capa john abbott qc ca in order to get to their assignments.
>> Interestingly enough, google seems to have some inkling that our little installation exists.  However, all of the top hits involve a pre-selected domain that isn't ours.  Depending on the search terms used, the domains elps, csm, ndsu etc… all show up.  The domain johnabbott does not.
>> Needless to say, this has been causing some serious headaches b/c the students don't notice the incorrect domain (or colour scheme, or school logo) and complain about not being able to log in.
>> I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and/or could offer some advice on mitigating this issue.  I was thinking, perhaps, a robots.txt file?
>> Many thanks,
>> Michael Dugdale,
>> Department of Physics
>> John Abbott College
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