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When you search for stackoverflow on google you get the following screen alt text

I'm curious what special abilities Tom and Ngu have to get on the Google search? I'd expect the top users to appear there.

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I declare shennanigans! –  user27414 Jan 13 '10 at 21:04
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-1 No hand-drawn circles. –  waiwai933 Jan 14 '10 at 1:37
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I have to periodically go through and clean up the sitelinks in Google webmaster tools.

For some reason Google enjoys escalating some user profiles to sitelink level...

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You're just jealous. –  user27414 Jan 14 '10 at 4:12
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If you want to fix that permanently by having 8 links, I would volunteer to have my account added. No need for compensation, I'm willing to make that sacrifice for the team. –  Michael Stum Jan 14 '10 at 6:46
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well for the record my profile was a sitelink on meta and I removed it as well (I went through all the trilogy sites in webmaster tools while I was at it). No nepotism allowed at Stack Overflow! –  Jeff Atwood Jan 14 '10 at 7:28
    
@Michel: I'm aware you were just kidding but since not everyone may know this, you can only tell google to not display a certain sitelink; you can't tell google which ones to display. –  Andreas Bonini Apr 26 '10 at 12:30
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Looks like it's happening again, with user "OMG Ponies" and user "Kendal Helmstetter Gelner" google.com/… –  George Stocker Aug 18 '10 at 13:18
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Can we please leave OMG Ponies? –  staticx Aug 31 '10 at 21:40
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I don't see this. When I google Stack Overflow it just says "Did you mean Jon Skeet?", and the only result is his profile page.


Courtesy of @Bobby:

The real Google results if you search for StackOverflow

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Screenshots or it didn't happen. –  Aarobot Apr 26 '10 at 13:36
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@Aarobot: There you go: img256.imageshack.us/i/stackoverflowgoogle.png –  Time Traveling Bobby Aug 18 '10 at 13:17
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I didn't get the same result –  Graviton Aug 19 '10 at 2:14
    
@Ngu Soon Hui: Then your Google must be broken. ;) –  Time Traveling Bobby Aug 19 '10 at 12:47
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And just for the records, the current sitelinks are really showing a professional side of the site:

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OMGWTFBBQ ROFLOLMAO –  BalusC Aug 18 '10 at 13:32
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EPIC WIN!!!!!!! –  user27414 Aug 18 '10 at 13:36
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Ahahahahahahahaha! –  Pëkka Aug 18 '10 at 13:42
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Niiiiiiiicccceee.... –  staticx Aug 31 '10 at 21:41
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I don't know. Really.

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SHHhhhhhhhhhhh! they are on to us! –  Jeff Atwood Jan 14 '10 at 7:55
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Maybe there are more links from outside the stackoverflow domain pointing to their profiles?

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Not sure about this, because I can't remember a single instance where I point anything to my SO profile. –  Graviton Jan 14 '10 at 9:10
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Holy Crap this scared me. Wake up this morning, drudge through things, go into Meta, see this and think "Oh crap, I didn't cover things up well enough..."

But yea, what Jeff said. That's definitely the secret. Weird I missed this the first go-around months back.

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Now it's two other users...

May be there should be more sections for Google's sake. May be a podcast section (is it defunct?), or a more prominently linked http://jobs.stackoverflow.com, or may be a link to the canonical question on SO. Also Meta is suspiciously absent from there.

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ok, I blocked those as well. Eventually it will fill up with non-user links.. hopefully.. sigh.. my /users/{id}/name block list is enormous now on every trilogy site, you'd think Google would figure this out eventually. –  Jeff Atwood Apr 26 '10 at 10:02
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This has been mentioned before, but it was about SuperUser.

Although Jeff mentions there that it should be fixed.

Something must have brought this back...

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