EvilSaint - 6:46 am on Feb 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Slightly related...I work for a company in Australia and we are using a Pipe Character in the URL as a separator due to the nature of our data which injects other special characters into the dynamically generated URL except for the pipe, hence its usage.
But, we are noticing that Google doesnt appreciate it much because even though all our URLs are fully encoded in the sitemap.xml file, Google still has trouble executing crawls on our site and truncates the URLs that it visits and then is presented with code 500 errors.
I'm still trying to get a way for us to move away from this character.
Anyone else been in a similar situation?