[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4817: Change meta robots directive on systems

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#4817: Change meta robots directive on systems
 Reporter:  jonoaldersonwp            |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect                    |      Status:  new
 Priority:  lowest                    |   Milestone:
Component:  Make (Get Involved) / P2  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  seo                       |

Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 That tag/setting won't stop them looking at it. It prevents them from
 ''indexing'' it, and it prevents them from then following any links
 (though as of ~Oct, the nofollow directive in this case, as far as Google
 is concerned, is actually just a hint, rather than a directive).

 If we want to stop them from looking at it, it needs blocking in

 Given that isn't the case, we _do_ want them to follow links (and flow
 pagerank) _out_ of those pages back into other areas of the WP ecosystem.

 If there's truly sensitive stuff here which we don't want crawling at all,
 it shouldn't be public.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4817#comment:2>
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