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Because it is there - and because they know no better.
But now - doesn't it seem like it's almost deceptive to the newbie for any modern search engine to maintain a "Submit" form?
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keeps us busy explaining to newbies the importance of inbound links
And because someone, somewhere is handing out bogus advice?
Newbies don't just dream this stuff up
Seriously though, for all google does regarding efficiency and being generally environmentally aware, they'd be doing that ethos a favour by taking the page down and saving man hours and processing time from it being a pointless distraction from anything constructive.
perhaps because they have no inbounds to their website and this is the only way that google can find it?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 10:58 pm (utc) on Oct 4, 2010]
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