In the lastest addition of the Planet Ocean newsletter they have an interview with AV. AV was asked many questions a few of which I listed below -
"would sites that utilize site maps be kicked out of the index?"
"Should site maps not be submitted?"
"Some companies have servers on both the east and west coasts that are mirrors of each other for traffic distribution. Should they block AV from one of them in case its spider decides to index the mirror site?"
"What is the maximum number of pages from a site that we can submit a day?"
"What is AV's definition of a "doorway page"?"
"Does AltaVista honor the robots.txt standard?
"...some brand new domains that have never been used before have received the "too many URLs" message. Is this a bug?"
"What exactly does it mean when we receive a "too many URLs" message?"
Are you ready for AV's answers? Well if you were your going to be disappointed. AV had the same answer for every question asked - "...the information you've requested is confidential."
I think this is one of the most ridiculous things that I've seen. How can AV, which claims %95 of submission are spam, expect us to work with them to eliminate spam if they won't even tell us what they consider spam?