Robots.txt not blocking yet GSC URL Inspection Tool says it is

Recently I realized Disallow /was set on my staging sites.

I didn’t realize until I got a warning in Search Console…

Mistakes happen

FYI for those that may read this:

You never want to disallow a staging/development site from Google.

Best policy is to set meta robots to noindex follow and list your main site as the canonical URL for all pages.

We want Google to be able to crawl the staging site and understand what we’re doing

I’ve removed the directive and cleared all caches at least 10 times.

However, when I use the URL inspection tool I’m still getting the following:

Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool showing that a page is blocked by robots.txt

Never experienced this before – and I’ve been doing SEO for a long time. Usually I’d see this reflected in a live test right away.

Anyone experienced this before? Is there some sort of processing time or cache on Google’s end? Shouldn’t be if the "live test" is actually live.

Google Optimize for A/B test: Trying to edit existing HTML but says it’s over the limit even when I test deleting some of it?

I am trying to set up an A/B test of a company’s website for my project. There are certain changes I’d like to make such as changing the ‘favourites’ products on the home page to one with the top selling products which I was trying to do by substituting the existing code simply with the top selling products instead (i.e. their jpg, their links, their names etc).

However I found that when making ANY change (by selecting the element and clicking ‘edit HTML’), even testing it by deleting one character from the original code, that it then pops up with this error notification saying that it’s over the word limit. Even when I put the character back for example, the error message is still there. And it will say weirdly that it is quite a lot of the word limit even though it’s basically the original code! I then have to click cancel every time.

Please see the attached photo for reference (where I deleted one character from the original code to demonstrate how any editing (even deletion of original working code) then comes up with the error that the html is over the limit).

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Thanks in advance!

Google Search Console says it crawled the website but the access logs show no google Bots access at all

Google Search Console tells me that it crawled the website last today (I requested a fresh crawling, as the last was some months ago.)

The crawling report tells me now it crawled it, last, today.

However, the server access logs show nothing related to google bots. I can see al kind of bots, linkdexbot, ZoominfoBot, etc etc, but no Googlebot at all

What am I missing? Is google not using any detectable bot anymore or are their reports false?

Not able to access WP Admin, it says “Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page.”

All of a sudden we are not able to get to the admin panel of the website. Once I log into /wp-login.php it redirects me to the homepage or /wp-admin (depending on whether I visited wp-admin in logged out state or not)

WordPress version: 5.6.2

When it does redirect to /wp-admin I see:

"Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page."

My first guess was that someone (maybe another user with administrator access) changed the roles. That wasn’t the case, I confirmed by looking at the database tables and the users had the wp_capabilities that corresponded to being an admin.

Then I tried a bunch of other stuffs and none worked:

  1. Created a new user using wp_create_user, added administrator capabilities, logged into that account from a private browsing window. Same.

  2. Went to the WordPress git repo searched for where "Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page." appeared, it did at many places so I added random string of text in some files to see exactly which one, it came from the file wp-admin/includes/menu.php in the last lines:

    if ( ! user_can_access_admin_page() ) {

  3. I thought maybe user_can_access_admin_page() returned wrong information for some reason, so I used a page template to output some data like so

if ( current_user_can('administrator') ) {     echo "Yes, admin"; }  if ( user_can_access_admin_page() ) {     echo "Can access admin"; } else {     echo "Can't access admin"; } 

Both returned true, yet the check on menu.php fails. Not sure why.

  1. Replaced wp-admin and wp-includes folder with fresh copies downloaded from WordPress org.

  2. Renamed the theme and plugin folders to rule out the problem coming from a plugin or theme. Not the case, it still was the same.

  3. Checked the error log of Apache2 as well as enabled debugging log for WP to look for any related error, none found. Nothing special, all the usual PHP notices that I have seen before.

  4. At one point I noticed the SSL certificate expired a month ago (problem started yesterday though) so just to be sure I renewed that as well, still the same.

Anybody who have an idea on what might be wrong would be a great help!

What do you do when a spell or something says that the target needs to do a saving throw without a number for the throw? [duplicate]

For command, it states, "The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn" without any context to how high the target needs to roll for it to succeed. What does the target need to roll to succeed that saving throw? Is the number specific for command or is it the same for all spells like this? I’d like to get all the info I can for this.

One of my players want to carry his familiar on his body and says it should not be targeted by enemies because it can hide on his body?

One of my players (of a rogue) said that he heard of DM’s allowing the familiar to be carried on the players body. He use his familiar to help him in combat and get advantage on the attack roll.

I said it’s okay for me and allowed it. But later in fight I played a goblin and obviously attacked his familiar in his pocket, to take his advantage away. He said that it shouldn’t be possibly because his familiar hides in a pocket and can’t be targeted. I didn’t allow that because it would obviously break the game. He said that many DM’s bend the rule like this and allow this.

I would like to hear whether anyone has ever allowed this change of the rules, and whether it did or will break the game.

Invisibility NOT doing more than exactly what the spells says it does

Please help settle this long running dispute regarding how the invisibility spell works. Invisibility when cast on an object makes the object vanish from sight.

https://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/invisibility.htm

However a fellow players seems insistent on claiming this also provides an additional property not detailed in the spell description. Namely, for example, if the spell is cast on a closed door. the door vanishes from sight revealing the room or area beyond.

My counter to this is to point to the fact invisibility is of the illusion school and the property he is assuming the invisibility spell additionally possesses belongs fundamentally in the divination school.

A ring of X Ray vision for example relies on the spell True Seeing which is of the divination school. Similarly Clairaudience/Clairvoyance, a spell by its effect that would more adequately reflect the ability to see in to an area that is blocked to line of sight is also of the divination (scrying) school.

Is there a general rule regarding exceptions I can point to, that states along the lines of if an exception isn’t documented then it isn’t a principle of the game rule?

I think his problem is that he’s seen invisibility depicted in certain popular media such as sci-fi and fantasy films and assumed that the D&D invisibility spell must work like that by reference and inference.

Do characters start with the tools their background says they are proficient in?

I find it odd that some backgrounds give the character proficiency with tools but then do not list those tools under equipment.

For example, the Urchin:

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise kit, thieves’ tools

Equipment: A small knife, a map of the city you grew up in, a pet mouse, a token to remember your parents by, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Does the fact the Urchin is proficient with the disguise kit and thieves tools imply she starts with them? Or is she somehow proficient with tools she does not own?

What does the Wand of Wonder mean when it says “as if you had cast” vs. “you cast”?

One of the possible effects of the wand of wonder magic item is (emphasis mine):

You enlarge the target as if you had cast enlarge/reduce. If the target can’t be affected by the spell, or if you didn’t target a creature, you become the target.

There are multiple possible effects for the wand of wonder that use a similar wording. There are also many possible effects for the wand that say instead that "you cast [spell]".

Mechanically, what are the differences between the two wordings (if any)? What exact aspects of the spellcasting process/effects are different between the two?

Mysql says it failed to start but is up anyway?

I’me running MySQL 8 under Ubuntu 20.04 WSL2

I’m starting MySQL with sudo service mysql restart

Output is:

* Stopping MySQL database server mysqld      [ok] * Starting MySQL database server mysqld      [fail] 

But when I now run sudo service mysql status, I get:

 * /usr/bin/mysqladmin  Ver 8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4 for Linux on x86_64 ((Ubuntu)) Copyright (c) 2000, 2020, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.  Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.  Server version          8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4 Protocol version        10 Connection              Localhost via UNIX socket UNIX socket             /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock Uptime:                 45 sec  Threads: 2  Questions: 4  Slow queries: 0  Opens: 430  Flush tables: 3  Open tables: 27  Queries per second avg: 0.088 

Error log is:

2020-09-11T22:15:33.048074Z 11 [System] [MY-013172] [Server] Received SHUTDOWN from user debian-sys-maint. Shutting down mysqld (Version: 8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4). 2020-09-11T22:15:33.136150Z 0 [System] [MY-010910] [Server] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete (mysqld 8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4)  (Ubuntu). 2020-09-11T22:15:33.231510Z mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /var/lib/mysql/LAPTOP-77E86FL8.pid ended 2020-09-11T22:15:34.784720Z mysqld_safe Logging to '/var/log/mysql/error.log'. 2020-09-11T22:15:35.002180Z mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql 2020-09-11T22:15:35.073728Z 0 [Warning] [MY-010139] [Server] Changed limits: max_open_files: 1024 (requested 8161) 2020-09-11T22:15:35.073742Z 0 [Warning] [MY-010142] [Server] Changed limits: table_open_cache: 431 (requested 4000) 2020-09-11T22:15:35.392127Z 0 [System] [MY-010116] [Server] /usr/sbin/mysqld (mysqld 8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4) starting as process 6495 2020-09-11T22:15:35.412902Z 1 [System] [MY-013576] [InnoDB] InnoDB initialization has started. 2020-09-11T22:15:35.992356Z 1 [System] [MY-013577] [InnoDB] InnoDB initialization has ended. 2020-09-11T22:15:36.261631Z 0 [System] [MY-011323] [Server] X Plugin ready for connections. Bind-address: '::' port: 33060, socket: /var/run/mysqld/mysqlx.sock 2020-09-11T22:15:36.404215Z 0 [Warning] [MY-010068] [Server] CA certificate ca.pem is self signed. 2020-09-11T22:15:36.404659Z 0 [System] [MY-013602] [Server] Channel mysql_main configured to support TLS. Encrypted connections are now supported for this channel. 2020-09-11T22:15:36.456568Z 0 [System] [MY-010931] [Server] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections. Version: '8.0.21-0ubuntu0.20.04.4'  socket: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'  port: 3306  (Ubuntu). 

My issue is that sudo service mysql restart returns a non-zero status code.

What may I check or look for?

Thank you!