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According to these posts, StackOverflow's description in search engines ("A language-agnostic yada yada yada...") is due to its DMOZ entry.

Unfortunately, it is the only site that has such a description. Not even the other trilogy sites (SF,SU) have one, let alone SE 2.0 sites.

First, why does Stack Overflow rely on a DMOZ entry instead of, say, a meta tag? And why is it the only site to merit a meaningful description? The others just pull up the question that was on top when the search engine most recently indexed it.

(Anticipating an answer saying: "It would require writing up a description for 99+ sites". But even a static SE network description would be an improvement.)

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    You'd have to ask the DMOZ editors. It's very likely that they're sitting in the unreviewed queue there (and there's several million other sites waiting for review).
    – ale
    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:31
  • I've lost count of how many times I've submitted my website to DMOZ and still have yet to see it show up anywhere. Feb 8, 2013 at 4:44
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    DMOZ aside, there's another valid question here, namely, why isn't there a meta tag? Feb 8, 2013 at 4:52
  • @Nathan: Bitdefender blocked me from reaching your site, so that's something.
    – ale
    May 3, 2013 at 19:30
  • @AlEverett: Really? Did it provide any information as to why it was blocked? May 3, 2013 at 19:54
  • @Nat: No, not really. Just "this site is not safe" and "This page is blocked by Bitdefender Cloud protection." (But none of this has anything to do with the question, so...)
    – ale
    May 3, 2013 at 20:17


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