Hi all, a couple of days ago I came across a posting about a bug in URL Rewriting which will totally remove your site from google.
Here is the scoop:
The title of the threat is appropriately named:
How to disappear from Google, Yahoo, MSN etc... indexes with CommunityServer 2.0 in less than a week...
That should get your attention.
So whats going on:
there appears to be a bug in: System.Web.UI.Html32TextWriter
aka the downlevel browser implementation of System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter
Which crashes when used in conjunction with:
Solutions for this:
But this has a slightly different behaviour which might bring new pain.
Another option is to make sure that the System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter is used when a search engine hits the site.
This can be done with a browsercaps file.
or by adding a .browser file in the App_Browser directory of your website.
More details on the problem and solutions:
This is problem has been reported to Microsoft though there hasn't been any kind of patch issued to my knowledge :(
This problem has been resolved for community server in CS 2.1.
An article by Steve Yegge who I actually didn't know until he was included in a question session with some of the big names in the software industry a while back.
A very good writer, anyway the article:
It makes me want to work at google :)