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Whole-World categories dead in Google Directory?
Google says "The requested category could not be found".
Madx

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Msg#: 30233 posted 1:06 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I haven't seen any other threads about the missing top-world categori in Google: - I have never seen a fail like this at Google before, but maybe others have?

Check www.google.com/Top/World

Could DMOZ be on the way out of Google...

 

Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 30233 posted 1:14 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wrong url.

[directory.google.com...]

Madx

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Msg#: 30233 posted 1:45 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

OK, but still the fail exist

bird

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Msg#: 30233 posted 1:58 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Both URLs exist and work from here.

Maybe you're accessing a data center that's out of whack.

Madx

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Msg#: 30233 posted 2:48 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sitting in Denmark, a nslookup at www.google.com results in:
Server: www.l.google.com
Addresses: 66.249.85.99, 66.249.85.104
Aliases: www.google.com

You can see it at these IP-numbers

duje6

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Msg#: 30233 posted 6:46 am on Jul 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

[directory.google.com...] - works fine

[directory.google.com...] - broken links to subcategories

marcs

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Msg#: 30233 posted 6:58 am on Jul 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seeing exactly the same as duje6.

steveb

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Msg#: 30233 posted 8:18 am on Jul 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

The non-slash category is taking you to pages like
[directory.google.com...]
which doesn't exist. The page with the slash after World is taking you to the correct
[directory.google.com...]
etc.

g1smd

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Msg#: 30233 posted 7:58 pm on Jul 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

It looks like Google are using data from a new-ish RDF file for the site listings data, but are using a very old version of the structure file to build the category structure.

Chico_Loco

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Msg#: 30233 posted 4:29 am on Jul 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Googles server doesn't seem to be configured correctly to handle trailing slashes - and since the links are relative, they are failing.

stuartc1

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Msg#: 30233 posted 3:43 pm on Jul 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Looks like google are ditching the directory.google.com subdomain and just using the main google.com domain. This would explain the failed page errors and the no PR errors reported in an other topic.

stuartc1

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