joined:May 9, 2007
Good evening guys.
One of my websites uses Invision power board as it's forum software.
There is a fundamental flaw that was introduced in V3. Each page of a thread is seen as a completely new thread, not a page of a thread. Some threads can have 20+ pages. GWT reports each page as a duplicate title and meta.
Furthermore searching Google for an exact match for a topic, often returns pages 1 and 2 of the thread but Google sees them as entirely different threads. I know this because where it mentions posts and participants, it only takes them in to account for the page in question, not the entire thread as it did previously and as all other forum software does.
So for example page 1 might say 20 posts by 7 participants and page 2: 6 posts by 2 participants.
I've submitted the bug, along with my proposed fixes, which IPB have agreed is a problem and they're going to address, but this may take weeks/months.
During the discussion in their forums, it emerged that some sites have been hit by Panda as a result.
I want to create my own short term fix. What I want to do, is noindex, follow pages 2+
On the same note, I want to noindex the profiles, as most members don't fill them in and they're largely duplicated.
Does noindex work with Panda? I can't obviously delete the members or page 2+, but I don't want to leave the duplicate content there, for it to hurt me in the future.
Thanks a lot.