The curious case of the missing "Badman" page

Question:

What do you get when you subtract….

This Google.co.uk search

from…

an identical Google.com search?

Answer:
The Dark Lord Badman’s Guide to Home Education – Arranging An Inspection

Remainder:

Missing page
Missing page

Update 28th July 2009:
This piece had a lot of visitors yesterday (but not a single comment ;-)) most of whom were from the UK. A couple of visitors from [W:Google] itself passed through – probably in response to this link.

Of course Google searches are dynamic things and this page itself is now appearing in the .com listing. So for the record here is a picture of the original listings.

Google search listings
Google search listings

Update 2nd August: Curiouser and curiouser.

2 Replies to “The curious case of the missing "Badman" page”

  1. It’s the front page of blogdial, not the page you give, that Google’s blocking. You can find out by searching for the URL rather than for keywords. Searching for the URL of a page that Google has indexed always returns the page in the search results, I think.

    When you search for http://irdial.com/blogdial/ on google.co.uk you get a number of related pages (including other pages on blogdial), but not the page itself.

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Firdial.com%2Fblogdial%2F

    When you search for http://irdial.com/blogdial/ on google.com the page itself is the first hit:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Firdial.com%2Fblogdial%2F

    Note that searching for the page you mention returns it as the only hit: it’s not blocked at all.

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fgrahambadman.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F07%2Farranging-inspection.html

    I haven’t managed to work out which exact page on blogdial this rather inept censorship attempt is targeting, but there are plenty of candidates.

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