I'll have to admit that I'm from the camp that "thought" cloaking was bad. And why is that? Because I never really fully understood the concepts and implementations of cloaking.
Well, I'm here to tell you that cloaking is good. Too many people focus on the negative side of things which leaves many of us thinking the same thing. Not I! Not anymore. I am now convinced.
There's a topic in the Supporter's Forum right now that deals with...
New Ways To Manage Duplicate Content on a Site?
In the above topic I provide an example of where cloaking would solve the issues that plague those of us dealing with dynamic content.
Cloaking is not for the everyday Webmaster either. It took me ten years to finally realize and understand the benefits. I was being hit with too many topics saying that cloaking was bad. And, I could see where that could be construed based on the implementation. Anything can be bad if used for deceptive purposes.
Today's Webmaster should be educated in the use of cloaking. You may be sitting on a site that is capable of generating millions of pages. You surely wouldn't want a bot in there generating a few extra million pages while executing sort queries, would ya?
So, why is this cloaking forum so damn quiet?