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A strange meta tag: META name="verify-v1"

what does this mean?

     
1:31 am on Jul 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can someone explain what this meta tag does?

<META name="verify-v1" content="/JBoXnwT1d7TbbWCwL8tXe+Ts2I2LXYrdnnK50g7kdY=" />

This was placed on a new client's site by their previous "SEO" person.

2:00 am on July 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That's one of the verification elements used by Google Sitemaps. When you sign up for Sitemaps you have to add that element to a root page to demonstrate to Google that you're the site owner. So there is probably a Sitemaps account for the site, if you haven't found it already.
4:15 pm on July 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks much!
6:59 am on Aug 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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But it should be on the home page only.
4:42 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Found the same thing within meta tags - how will this affect a site, when it appears on interior pages in addition to the homepage?
10:25 am on Aug 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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No effect, I would expect.