TheMadScientist - 4:21 am on Feb 20, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:25 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]
I also have a lot of sympathy with knowing which battles to take on and how much traffic I can sacrifice for a principle.
Yeah, and I'll make adjustments if I have to, but maybe we'll get someone at Google who's reasonable and reads through this thread and realizes if they can show Bing, Yahoo! and AltaVista as titles on the results page for search engines and visitors 'get it' then they can leave the brand name (especially when someone puts TM next to it) on the home page of sites as is and people will get that too and then they'll stop changing it.
If the whole site is www.example.com or even if the home page is www.example.com, then yes, I can understand changing it. If the entire site is BrandName or BrandName(TM), then I can understand changing the inner pages but I can't see why they have the dial set to change the home page title when it's BrandName(TM), especially when there's a noodp and noydir robots tag on the page indicating not to change the title to those either.
I don't get it, because if Bing, Yahoo! and AltaVista ,which don't have an intuitive value of search engine when seen or heard, don't need to be changed, then others don't need to be changed either.
Maybe they could give us a noalgoedit tag or something to keep the title of the home page intact at least. (I really like RobertCharleton's nomesswithme tag better, but I think noedit or noalgo or norevise would be more widely accepted.)
Anyway, I can dream, right?
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:25 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]