A discussion at work today, along with my earlier post about Phil’s issues with Google and MSN, had me searching like crazy for this comment:
“I think they’re also vulnerable to being locked out of sites because they’ve missed the implicit bargain for search engines that my site being crawled results in listing for me. Without any public facing services how do I find out what value I am getting from allowing WebFountain to crawl my site ?” — Matthew Walker’s comment on a Searchblog piece about WebFountain
At what point do you block a search crawler? If you don’t recognize it? If you don’t like the results provided by the search engine it is crawling for?