I'm trying to find out how to best put meta data in webpages, but so far can't find the right site. I've asked variants of it on Stack Overflow, Software Engineering, and Webmasters. In all transparency, I posted an admittedly overzealous and overly accusatory follow-up on Meta, but I hope to redeem that by simply asking this.

I asked it on Stack Overflow first, because I thought it was "a specific programming problem", but it was put on hold as off-topic, citing that "This question appears to be off-topic because it is about SEO". A following comment recommended that I "Try Webmasters", so then I posted it to Webmasters, and it was marked as a duplicate of an unrelated question. This tells me that Webmasters is likely the ideal place, but it'll need some rewording before it's on-topic. Later, I tried giving it a full rewording and asking on Software Engineering because I figured it was a question about "development methodologies and processes". It seems that is not the case, since it was also put on hold as off-topic.

What's the best site to find out how to include meta data in webpages? If one of the above listed sites is perfect, then how can I better word my question so that it is both unique and on-topic?

  • Did you try researching for similar questions (not closed, use advanced search options) on those sites to see how they present the issue? – brasofilo Oct 23 '14 at 22:40
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    It is definitely off topic at both Stack Overflow (it's not programming (code) or programmers tool related) and Software Engineering (not programming related at all). It is in fact about SEO, and therefore is most on topic at Webmasters. If it was closed there as a duplicate, edit your question to explain why you feel it's not a duplicate of that question, clarify what you're asking, and see if you can get it reopened. (I can't suggest how you could reword it, as I have no need to be familiar with SEO and have not joined Webmasters.) – Ken White Oct 23 '14 at 23:16
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    Take a glance at SE Search: web page metadata SEO would help in finding which sites have questions about SEO and meta data (and some possible answers for you). – user213963 Oct 23 '14 at 23:29
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    Webmasters is probably the correct place. You should ask for guidance on their meta. – user1228 Oct 24 '14 at 13:37

As you've correctly surmised Webmasters is probably the best place for your question.

If it was closed as a duplicate of an "unrelated" question, then that's probably an indication that you weren't as clear as you could have been in your question.

Take a few minutes to re-read your question and the putative duplicate. If you can, reword your question to make it clear that it's not a duplicate. This will put the question on the reopen review queue where others can see and vote to reopen if they agree. If it's not salvageable then asking a new question is OK - as long as it's sufficiently different.

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