XFool wrote:Thing is, AFAIK, all TMF was visible to 'everyone' (to read), this is not so with TLF. Despite the fact that TLF people have in the past mentioned "Googling subjects" turning up undesirable threads/topics/posts as a reason for pulling threads because of undesirable publicity, as I have pointed out in the past, unless you are logged in to TLF as a member you cannot see everything on TLF. This still remains true today, even after the demised of PD and its special login.
So you cannot simply anonymously Google every thread or post on TLF. Obviously an interested party could still join and then look for themselves, if they wanted to check TLF out.
Are you sure about this, XFool? I am far from especially web-savvy, but what you are saying (as far as I can see) contradicts what moderators are being told about sensitive topics.
AFAICS, yes it is. Why not try for yourself?
Surprisingly, even subject headings in POLITE DEBATE & DISCUSSION:Current Affairs & News
seem not to be available for public search, despite them being visible to non logged on users! Obviously, the content of messages on boards requiring log on must not be publicly searchable.
eg. Using Google outside TLM and searching for the subject "Triple lock must go!
" does not find the discussion thread in the above board (it finds references to "Triple lock" in other, public TLF pension discussions). Similarly for the embedded TLF Google search, even when logged in
. Same for "Pork-fed Chickens?
Seems to imply search engines are blocked from these TLF threads.
Try a search for "Come on England
" in the public board Beerpig's Snug
- an immediate hit.
I agree this does seem to be at odds with what moderators 'know'.