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Since when has Google been bothered about making things 'fair'? They have their rules, and we have to abide by them - but they certainly aren't 'democratic' or fair.
why don't they throttle back googlebot's activity on participating sites only?
I was wondering what influences this blackout would reveal.
My guess is they don't want to cache code and content that will not be on those pages tomorrow.
Pierre Far - Hello everyone. We realize many webmasters are concerned about the medium-term effects of today's blackout. As a precaution, the crawl team at Google has configured Googlebot to crawl at a much lower rate for today only so that the Google results of websites participating in the blackout are less likely to be affected.5:05 AM