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I love Lifehacker as much as any other fan but I am a bit confused as to how they are creating posts (which do give credit) that mimic SE questions in full.

How Do I Stop My Fire Alarm from Going Off When I Cook? Lifehacker

How do I stop my fire alarm from going off when I cook? Seasoned Advice (cooking.stackexchange.com)

The titles for both posts are the same, so nothing prevents Lifehacker's post from being higher in the rankings (and there should be nothing wrong with that seeing that Lifehacker is a recommended knowledge resource).

Incognito view

The section is labelled "crowdhacker", so I assume the comments stay on Lifehacker, as well as any new answers or critique.

Is this sort of writing style (inasmuch as the cc-wiki allows it) encouraged, or is this some sort of partnership between Stack Exchange and Lifehacker to scratch each other's back?

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    Google should know better. Tut tut.
    – user154510
    Jan 17, 2012 at 22:57
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    It's not the only one Lifehacker - DIY
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jan 17, 2012 at 22:58
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    I've just noticed there's a /?lh at the end of the links back to SE. I'd say this indicates that there is an official arrangement here.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jan 17, 2012 at 22:59
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    As long as there is attribution, this is allowed.
    – simchona
    Jan 17, 2012 at 23:02
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    That URL looks so incredibly easy to game...
    – casperOne
    Jan 17, 2012 at 23:03
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    Actually, I find this an interesting way to use SE content. There's an actual manual effort visible here, a welcome change from the dozens of SEO spam farms!
    – Pekka
    Jan 17, 2012 at 23:04
  • @Pekka'sOrganicRepFarm If we told Lifehacker "how about we take your huge user base, and instead of showing them your content, we show them ours instead", and Lifehacker said yes, I'm all for it. I'm not quite sure how that was negotiated, but it works out great for us Jan 17, 2012 at 23:31

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Yes. Stack Exchange does have a new partnership in place with Lifehacker. Keep an eye out for a "Crowdhacker" post published at their site once or twice a week.

And we appreciate the SEO concerns. Don't hesitate to shout out if you think the content deal is doing more harm than good. (We're pretty sure it's not). Or if you see something you wrote published somewhere you don't want it.

Thanks for keeping an eye out!

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    Mad props for getting this super-cool arrangement worked out, by the by. :)
    – Aarthi
    Jan 17, 2012 at 23:15
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    You might want to edit the Cooking question to remove the preamble (check the screenshot) it's probably doing nothing for our page rank.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jan 17, 2012 at 23:16
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    @Sam Or if you see something you wrote published somewhere you don't want it. Isn't cooking also CC licensed?
    – PeeHaa
    Jan 18, 2012 at 0:08
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    Yes, all the sites are CC licensed. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:15

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