Convergence - 3:30 am on Jul 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
have you verified that all preceding requests for robots.txt also got a 200 OK response?
Yes. Also have seen it in other "forbidden" directories.
and there's no chance that robots.txt was modified such that the /merchant/ directory was not excluded at some point?
Question, will look to grab a screenie next time we come across it. Providing I do not reveal personal site information, is it allowable to link to it or upload the image?
Why does this appear to be so unbelievable that the Google talks out of both sides of It's "face"?