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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

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Thursday December 12, 2002
06:53 AM

Google fun

[ #9406 ]

Noticed this morning that after adding History/Restore functionality to the AxKit Wiki that someone had put some pages back to what they were at the start of the history. Very strange. So I fixed some of the pages again, and checked the IP address:

    Thu Dec 12 07:19:29 2002 - 216.239.46.182

So I did a lookup on that IP:

    Non-authoritative answer:
    182.46.239.216.in-addr.arpa name = crawl7.googlebot.com.

Oops...

It seems that I had stupidly made my "restore this version" code in my history pages just be a plain link. Despite having querystring params in it, google merrily clicks that link. Thus restoring the first version of every page on the site.

So I've now made the "restore" a form button. Hopefully it won't get clicked by bots.

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