Don't Index Me!
September 28, 2011 11:48 AM   Subscribe

Don't Index Me!
A little while back I thought that it would be nice to be able to post things online that couldn't be indexed by search engines. So, I put together a simple site that takes text, renders it to an image, and allows you to link to it. The idea is that this could be used for things like email addresses (to avoid spam) or writings by political dissidents (to avoid detection by oppressive governments). Enjoy!
Role: Designer, programmer
posted by tom_r (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This would be trivial to exploit using OCR. If you want to block search engines, robots.txt is an option but since search engines can ignore the standard, it's not 100%.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:21 PM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

I was going to add, I think Google is already indexing text rendered as an image.
posted by COD at 12:23 PM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

BTW, nice job on the app - I just wouldn't promote it as unsearchable. It is searchable, if somebody wants to make the effort. Spammers probably wouldn't. Foreign governments hunting down dissidents probably would.
posted by COD at 12:25 PM on September 28, 2011

Nice! Could a random background be added, and random skewing of words/letters so that it would be harder to use OCR and would be similar to a reverse similar to a reverse captcha? Maybe you could a have a box to tick for increased obfuscation.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 1:16 PM on September 28, 2011

would be similar to a reverse similar to a reversed captcha?
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 1:18 PM on September 28, 2011

are the images being rendered on-demand or are they archived? if the latter, how long are they available?
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat at 8:06 PM on September 30, 2011

Right now the images are archived. There is no specific time limit on how long they are kept.
posted by tom_r at 3:42 AM on October 2, 2011

Just an acessibility issue, but unless the script is also addhing alt text to the images, it makes life incresingly difficult for anyone who uses any kind of browser reader to view text online.

Just a thought.
posted by Faintdreams at 4:34 AM on November 9, 2011

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