Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Welcome to Opt-In Web 3.0 Politeness

Here's a fine example of how the internet may soon look with an email I got recently that actually asked permission to do something because they couldn't just take what they wanted without asking!

The following is slightly edited, but you get the idea:

We use a service called xxxxxxxxx.com to provide xxxxxxxx of sites that we have links to on our site.

It appears that the xxxxxxxxx.com is being blocked. I'm guessing this is a tool you use to block crawlers. You can see the error here:

http://xxxxxxx.com/somepageonthesite.html

Is there any way you can allow xxxxxxx.com access of your site?
Yes, manners are still alive and well on the internet and someone has politely requested I punch a hole in the firewall and let them in.

I'm leaning towards YES just because they asked so nicely!

Witness one of the first steps in ending the Wild Wild Web.

2 comments:

Ban Proxies said...

Are they asking to access the whole site with their bot or, just one page?

- One page or all the pages they link to. Yes

- Whole site. No.

I can understand them wanting to verify that a page and/or pages they are linking to exists and the content is still relevent.

Protectyourcontent said...

I love the title and agree, if web 2.0 is surviving the dot com crash and sites that delivered to investers what they promised (which I believe is what O'reily conversation originally started with) then web 3.0 is about surviving the spam.