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I asked a question a short while ago on Stack Overflow that has yet to be answered. Today I Googled a similar phrase and the top ranked Google result was this page:

http://www.rsscockpit.com/article.do?action=show&id=2159783633

It seems this site is mining information from Stack Overflow. Can we do anything to prevent this?

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As long as proper attribution is given (in line with the Creative Commons license) what's the problem? –  Bart Apr 5 '12 at 19:12
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The "Read more" link takes you to your Stack overflow question, it is made obvious that it is taken from Stack Overflow, I think it's legitimate according to the CC something licence. –  Daniel Fischer Apr 5 '12 at 19:12
    
Point taken. However; perhaps my question should be more to the point of "is there anything we can do to prevent sites like this from being ranked higher than the originating content on Stack Overflow"? My understanding is the Google algorithm should already be taking this into account but in this case it's not. So really I guess I'd like to know if these sorts of cases should be reported somewhere when they occur. Probably more a question for Google than Stack Overflow I suppose. –  Randyaa Apr 5 '12 at 19:17
    
@Randyaa, You can report them to the team here meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71820/… –  Brandon Apr 5 '12 at 19:18
    
Randyaa what @Brandon said, but only if they don't provide proper attribution. Remember, there's a publicly available API and publicly available data dumps, redistributing Stack Exchange's content is encouraged, if the CC is followed. –  Yannis Apr 5 '12 at 19:21
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Why would anyone need to mine anything? SE provides data dumps with all content in XML format. –  NullUserException อ_อ Apr 5 '12 at 19:23
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@ConradFrix You mean "Furthermore, the links must not be nofollowed." –  Jeremy Banks Apr 5 '12 at 19:23
    
@TwilightSparkle I was going to nija edit but I just deleted my comment instead thanks for clarifying that –  Some Helpful Commenter Apr 5 '12 at 19:24

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Yes and no. It depends on how you're defining "mining."

Stack Overflow (and more generally, Stack Exchange) encourage everyone to use their content by providing occasional data dumps and a convenient interface for those dumps called the Data Explorer.

On the other hand, SE is serious about protecting its content from those who abuse it; sometimes rather aggressively.

As long as attribution rules are followed, though, mining is allowed, even encouraged.

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