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Old 23 Sep 2010, 05:52
SuperDave1971 SuperDave1971 is offline
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Arrow Google Sitemap Has Issues - Wrong Date Displays

I was recently updating my Google sitemaps and I found several errors that I was concerned about.

I have NO idea how I could have received a value of 1969-12-31 for the date. Has anyone else had this issue? Is there a fix? I would like to get this fixed as soon as I could.

I appreciate the help.

Google Sitemap error:

Invalid date
An invalid date was found. Please fix the date or formatting before resubmitting. Parent tag: url
Tag: lastmod
Value: 1969-12-31T17:00:00-07:00
Problem detected on: Sep 22, 2010

The sitemap in question is:
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Old 24 Sep 2010, 01:47
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Videx Videx is offline
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That date just translates to "Before time began". I'm not sure it's an error (I hope not anyway since mine has three of them!); presumably you imported something at some point. In my case these forums were imported from our old Snitz forum.
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Old 25 Sep 2010, 17:09
ToNetU ToNetU is offline
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am getting the same error! i heard it's a bug with non-english forums (using another language pack instead of english) ..

what i did and i know if it's the right fix, but it worked with google sitemap..
- i download (vbulletin_sitemap_forum_2.xml.gz) file
- edit the old dates and change to new date & time (2010 !! )
- upload it again to the (sitemap) folder
- resubmit it .
- appeared next to it!
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Old 25 Sep 2010, 17:28
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Where are you guys seeing this error? It's a perfectly valid date, so I'm not sure why someone should claim it's an error.

But if it is, manually editing the sitemap file every few weeks isn't really a solution.
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Old 26 Sep 2010, 00:07
your24hourstore your24hourstore is offline
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yep i have replicated this bug

it is just forum and index of the 5 XML they generate this 1969 date, it is a bug of some sort

the error is in google tools it gets a warning for having the wrong date in the xml file submitted to them. its a bug of some kind
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