I have a bunch of guitar chord chart documents on Google Drive. They are all public ("anyone with the link can view"), all in the same public folder (also "anyone with the link can view").

Despite this, I get several emails every week saying some random person on the internet is requesting access to the document. Here's a snippet of a recent email:

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That document is public, as is its containing folder. The user requesting access has a Google account, as you can see from the above screenshot they're requesting access from their @gmail address.

If I click "Manage sharing", this is what I see:

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Here is the link the to document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/0B92G2WnQOLzhLUJYZDdTaGFVYjA/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=105518981459413120650&resourcekey=0-2KOhDMQGnXJaA1P_HtY5Sw&rtpof=true&sd=true

This document is available to anyone; I can even open it in an Incognito browser tab not signed in.

Why does Google Docs continue to send me emails saying peole are requesting access to the doc, given it's totally public?

Note: This related WebApps question is similar to my question, but differs in an important area: my question deals with public, anyone-with-the-link-can-view docs.

  • Theory: Google Drive recently introduced the idea of resource keys to access docs. The link to my doc contains a resource key. However, if I try to access it without a resource key in the URL, then I get an unauthorized error. Maybe the answer, then, is that someone is finding old links to these docs (via search engine?) that doesn't contain the resource key? Commented Jul 3 at 21:25


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