Google Cloaking and Keyword Loading On Pages
Further to Adam_C's discovery that Google were cloaking, their unofficial rep chooses a safe haven to make his excuses in this wmw thread - He says they've removed the pages, and will have to file for a reinclusion.
I assume he's joking, funniest thing i've read in a long time heh...
GG says ...
Hey everyone, I'm sorry that it took me a while to post about this. I wanted to make sure I completely understood what was going on first.
Those pages were primarily intended for the Google Search Appliances that do site search on individual help center pages. For example, http://adwords.google.com/support has a search box, and that search is powered by a Google Search Appliance. In order to help the Google Search Appliance find answers to questions, the user support system checked for the user agent of "Googlebot" (the Google Search Appliance uses "Googlebot" as a user agent), and if it found it, it added additional information from the user support database into the title.
The issue is that in addition to being accessed via the internal site-search at each help center, these pages can be accessed by static links via the web. When the web-crawl Googlebot visits, the user support system thinks that it's the Google Search Appliance (the code only checks for "Googlebot") and adds these additional keywords.
That's the background, so let me talk about what we're doing. To be consistent with our guidelines, we're removing these pages from our index. I think the pages are already gone from most of our data centers--a search like [site:google.com/support] didn't return any of these pages when I checked. Once the pages are fully changed, people will have to follow the same procedure that anyone else would (email webmaster at google.com with the subject "Reinclusion request" to explain the situation).
NB: The top paragraph of this post was put in by Nick W