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I was all ready to test what ranking influence (if any) came from Wikipedia, Reddit and the other sites participating in the blackout
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.
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