whitehouse.gov/robots.txt

Jason Kottke pointed out that the whitehouse.gov robots.txt file was changed almost immediately after the inauguration …

It went from this …

User-agent: *
Disallow: /cgi-bin
Disallow: /search
Disallow: /query.html
Disallow: /omb/search
Disallow: /omb/query.html
Disallow: /expectmore/search
Disallow: /expectmore/query.html
Disallow: /results/search
Disallow: /results/query.html
Disallow: /earmarks/search
Disallow: /earmarks/query.html
Disallow: /help
Disallow: /360pics/text
Disallow: /911/911day/text
Disallow: /911/heroes/text

… to this …

User-agent: *
Disallow: /includes/

Web site owners use the /robots.txt file to give instructions about their site to web robots; this is called The Robots Exclusion Protocol.

One small step towards the new attitude of openness and transparency.

2 thoughts on “whitehouse.gov/robots.txt

  1. Gary LaPointe

    Wow! Thats interesting that someone even bothered to look at this point. (I’d have left the query/search results probably)

    (Wait a minute. I’ll be back..)

    Now I’m not sure if those directories exist any more. I wonder if they just dropped in a new server (they obviously changed a lot).

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