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I'm using this code to add the "noindex" metatag to some pages. The question is, how can I add it to unanswered questions?

class qa_html_theme_layer extends qa_html_theme_base {
public function head_metas() {

  if ( $this->template=='question' || $this->template=='qa' )
   $this->output('<meta name="robots" content="index,follow"/>');
   $this->output('<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"/>');

Are there any variable, function, object or something I can use as a condition to know if answers == 0 or something like that?


Q2A version: 1.8.3
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Please, any help would be appreciated!
In the question view object you can see acount = 0. Isn't this feature available in ultimate seo plugin?
Thanks a lot!

Just for the record:

count_answers = count(@$this->content['a_list']['as']);
count_comments = count(@$this->content['q_view']['c_list']['cs']);
Okay  I thought you were asking for unanswered question list.
Actually there is nothing to worry about unanswered as google will recognize your site as qa with qa markup schema microdata. Every question is / will be unanswered until the first answer is posted.
If you are still bothered I recommend find a way to exclude unanswered questions from the sitemap.
That's a very good point!
I can confirm this in Google Search Console, I'm seeing all the "valid questions" indexed and marked as questions.

Excluding things for sitemap I think is not very effective in this case, Google follows link anyway.
Can you share your solution in answer please ?
Don't understand!

The answer is above, calculate these variables "count_answers and count_comments" and check if greater than zero.

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When you are on the unanswered page, $this->template will be 'unanswered'.

If you mean on an individual question, the simplest way would be to check $this->content['q_view']['raw']['acount'] which has the number of answers.

However, I would not recommend it. It's a bad idea for the same page to switch between indexing and no-indexing, it may make search engines slower to update after you get an answer.

Plus you're blocking many other  pages with your approach. The tags/categories pages can be useful if people search for a certain topic. Getting visitors onto any page of your site means they might stay around.

Thanks, Scott!
I solved this with: count(@$this->content['a_list']['as']);

The "raw" array you mentioned, seems like is not properly documented in the official site, I will try it. And yes, I'm aware of the SEO implications.