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Forcing Googlebot to Observe the Sabbath

Posted by Melanie Phung on Friday, November 10, 2006 at 1:18 pm

Just when it starts to seem like I haven’t learned anything interesting in a while, I come across a thread called “Cloaking for Religious Reasons.”

Is there ever a good reason to engage in cloaking for the purpose of fooling Google? Even if God insists?

Turns out no — the problem being discussed could better be solved a different way (The problem: having to take down an e-commerce site in observance of Sabbath but needing to avoid search engine spiders replacing the entire site in their indexes/indices with the store’s “we’re currently closed” page. The solution: returning 503 errors).

Now I finally understand why B&H Photo wouldn’t let me place orders on their site at various times in the past. Turns out it wasn’t random… it was Saturday!

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Comment by Jaimie

Made Tuesday, 14 of November , 2006 at 6:58 pm

I’m pretty sure this isn’t the normative “halachic” decision on this matter. But like any religion, there are pragmatic religious people, and people who go “further.”

This is the opinion I know:

http://aishel.wordpress.com/2006/08/29/jewish-websites-and-shabbos/

I did find the other opinion here:
http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/vol11/v11n077.shtml#14

… but I don’t think most modern orthodox people follow it.

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