Is there a good reason to Disallow: /attachments/ in robots.txt?


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Just a guess, maybe some admins don’t want their images indexed by google, or they are afraid of the bots using up bandwidth.


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On the basis that it's a good thing if Google can index attachments on your site - predominantly images - then why would you Disallow: /attachments/ ?
Do you allow guests to view attachments? Remember, the Google bot is a guest and if you have attachment viewing for guests turned off then the bot will be running into permission errors when trying to retrieve the attachment URLs.

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
There is no bots usergroup by default in XF and @Kevin's previous post was accurate - bots are treated the same as guests.