I've noticed that traffic on my favorite site (and a few others) has spiked recently:

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Why has this happened and is it going to last?

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    This hasn't affected my Teletubby fanfic site yet, sadly. May 21, 2014 at 19:44
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    @Andrew'saUnitato I searched. I saw just the summaries. I demand some brain bleach. It cannot be unseen. I blame you.
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    May 22, 2014 at 2:49
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    @MichaelT Should I have marked that NSFW? May 22, 2014 at 11:09

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Google tweaked their search algorithm yesterday:

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(More info here on The Register).

Interestingly it only seems to have affected some sites: and that doesn't include SO:

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Is it going to last?

Unfortunately there is no way of knowing, but yes, it might - it's not like a burst of traffic you might get from a link on somewhere like reddit that'll be gone in a couple of days.

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