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I had this question closed. No problem for me, I understood I can not ask SEO questions on SO.

Today I look at SO and see this one: Can you trick GoogleBot by writing CSS-invisible keywords?.

Is this about programming? Isn't this SEO?

So why has it not been closed too?

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Directly-applicable question: Which SEO questions should be closed as non-programming/non-admin? (And FWIW, I voted to close. If nothing else, questions about "tricking the googlebot" are unlikely to be answerable in any provable way. –  Shogging through the snow Aug 26 '10 at 18:01
Also related: Is SEO a sysadmin or developer issue? –  John Rudy Aug 27 '10 at 19:54
@Som body is trying to get a hat by editing old posts :) –  Infinite Happiness Dec 16 at 15:39

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It probably should have been closed. In fact, I'll go ahead and vote to close it after I type this.

SO isn't perfect. Sometimes questions are closed when they shouldn't be, and left open when they should.

closed as off-topic by Jon B, Shog9, Michael Todd, Michael Petrotta, BalusC 38 mins ago

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SEO questions should be asked on the Pro Webmasters, tagged with .

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We're happy to have them on PW :) –  Tim Post Aug 26 '10 at 18:03
Thanks for pointing it out, but I didn't ask where SEO questions should go. I asked why my SEO question was closed, and the other one is still open. –  Marco Demaio Sep 1 '10 at 13:41

I disagree that SEO is not part of (web)development. SEO has a major influence on (web)programming style and practices. It's not only a webmaster's concern, but also the programmer's concern. Also, for "normal" programming languages like Java/C#/PHP those kind of semi-subjective "What's the right way?" questions are pretty often asked and tolerated.

However, some questions like the linked one doesn't have much to do with (web)programming. Real programming-related SEO questions should be allowed on SO. All with all, it depends purely on the whole question context. It's not only the "SEO" tag which should be focused on.

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A good site with good content, using a valid doctype need not concern itself with SEO. I personally laugh when people bring up SEO because it all comes down to how the big wigs (search engines) value a one site versus another. –  Chris Aug 26 '10 at 19:34
+1. Good counterpoints (even though I personally don't agree with some of them). –  jww 2 days ago

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