[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4563: Search results pages on WordCamp Central should be noindex'd

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#4563: Search results pages on WordCamp Central should be noindex'd
 Reporter:  jonoaldersonwp           |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect                   |      Status:  reopened
 Priority:  normal                   |   Milestone:
Component:  WordCamp Site & Plugins  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  seo                      |

Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 Sure, but, can we please not close tickets like this preemptively when
 I've put the time and effort in to determine that they're worth the
 effort/reward trade off?

 Search Google for `site:central.wordcamp.org inurl:s`. The odd Chinese
 character pages you'll see are from a whole bunch of indexed urls where
 Chinese spam networks are executing blind man in the middle attacks in an
 attempt to syphon seo value, or, its a (low level) negative seo attack.
 This is actively harming our crawl budget, relevance, and site quality for
 the whole wordpress.org ecosystem.

 This is one small example, and just the tip of the iceberg. There are a
 thousands of issues like these, where wp core just doesn't meet basic SEO

 I'd love to see these level ofstandards implemented in core, but it's just
 unrealistic that that'll happen any time soon. In the meantime, for every
 day that passes, Wix grow their market share at our expense. For the
 relatively low effort required to solve this locally, we should just do

 Or, we could install a plugin which handles it all for us automatically,

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4563#comment:6>
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