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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Censorship by Google?: In the Western world?

(Note: Unexpectedly, this months-long problem has just got solved, shortly after the bloggers started complaining publicly about it. - d.)

A Web guy at Uncommon Descent writes me to say,
On approximately the 19th of September, the blog operated by Bill Dembski and friends (including me) Uncommon Descent
was delisted from the Google search index. [That means that you can't find items from Uncommon Descent using the Google search engine.]

No reason has ever been given for why the site was delisted, despite requests for reinclusion.

This blog has tens of thousands of legitimate links, especially from trusted institutions of higher education.

This blog had been around for well over a year.

This blog has a Google PageRank of 6/10 (meaning it is considered quite important, even by Google)

The blog is run by a nationally recognized scholar and author [Dembski]

Well, over to you, Google monster. I've heard that the problem might have been caused by some idle fellow who swatches copy from Uncommon Descent, so that he and his friends can beggar around with it. But if that kind of thing has tied up Google, then Google has some glitches to fix.

Meanwhile, readers interested in following the ID controversy should make a point of using the Uncommon Descent link on the blogroll window to the right. You are missing half the fun if you don't!
If you like this blog, check out my book on the intelligent design controversy, By Design or by Chance?. You can read excerpts as well.

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