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Microsoft translator ignores robots notranslate meta tags, what to do?
Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4487508
 7:25 am on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

Microsofts translation service [microsofttranslator.com...] is ignoring my sites notranslate meta tag and, when someone enters a complete url on the site, is displaying my entire site in a frame which is completely translated.

I see that the service is also being accessed directly by I.P. (131.253.14.98 which is babelfish) in a robotic way and my content is effectively being scraped into multiple languages. I have considered a frame busting script but as most of them alter my analytics (visits get labeled direct despite coming from image search) I do not wish to go that route.

Does Bing/Microsoft, which now includes the Babelfish translator formerly owned by Yahoo, have a method of blocking the translation of a site? I've looked without success.

 

lucy24




msg:4487553
 8:56 am on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

If you've got an IP, why not simply block them?

Does something like "via translate.bing.com" get added to the UA the way it does in google? If so you can block that way too.

Block = no more Mr Nice Guy. Go for the 403.

phranque




msg:4487571
 10:40 am on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

bing doesn't support meta robots notranslate.
not sure if microsoft translate follows the same protocol.

Bing Robots Exclusion Protocol:
http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/webmaster/archive/2008/06/03/robots-exclusion-protocol-joining-together-to-provide-better-documentation.aspx [bing.com]

however it appears that microsoft translate doesn't translate elements with the translate="no" attribute.

Why aren't all web pages translated?:
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/help/ [microsofttranslator.com]

Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4498117
 7:29 am on Sep 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the links Phranque

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