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I searched the terms "JavaScript Closure" in Google search and the very first result I found contains content from an answer posted on Stack Overflow. How this will impact Stack Exchange?

  • Google quotes from SO, and I think it is great that SO has become high quality enough to become a source of reference. When you click on the link, it actually leads back to SO, so I don't think there is any problem here. – nhahtdh Nov 7 '14 at 11:26
  • Yeah I understand this. But this also causes the traffic to SO gets reduced too!! I guess online people are too lazy to click the link if they get the answer right in the search page. – mvg Nov 7 '14 at 11:29
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    Note that it is only an excerpt of the answer. People are more likely to click on the link rather than reading the short text there. – nhahtdh Nov 7 '14 at 11:30
  • +1 If that is the case, then fine. Just got curious. – mvg Nov 7 '14 at 11:32
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    for questions that are closed, showing answers instead makes a pretty good sense, see As it currently stands, this summary is not a good fit for google – gnat Nov 7 '14 at 11:37
  • Maybe, maybe not. – user1228 Nov 7 '14 at 16:58
  • Wow, that is a smart snippet (though maybe not the most descriptive). I wonder how they managed to select those 2 bullet points from the last part of a loooong, second-best, non-accepted answer. – Arjan Nov 8 '14 at 12:59
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    I am missing the attribution, which is required I think. Isn't it? – Patrick Hofman Nov 8 '14 at 14:02
  • @PatrickHofman The link directly below the excerpt.. – ɥʇǝS Nov 8 '14 at 15:36
  • @ɥʇǝS, that link is not an attribution to the author of the answer (which, incidentally, is Community Wiki...) – Arjan Nov 8 '14 at 15:38
  • @Arjan No it's not, and that could pose a problem.. – ɥʇǝS Nov 8 '14 at 15:38
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    As an aside, Stack Exchange team, why does even W3Schools have a dropdown, but you don't? Are the URLs too long? – Arjan Nov 8 '14 at 15:43
  • Hmmm, I have not found any other query that makes Google pop out a snippet like that... – 3 to 5 business days Nov 9 '14 at 7:05
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Stack Exchange encourages quality content which in turns require details and explanation (usually). I don't think that this Google feature will have any major negative impact on Stack Exchange, rather it may increase the traffic. Why, because the search engine tries to show an excerpt, encouraging new users to visit the site for complete information. In your example, the search page showed 300 characters, however that post contains approximately 11,600 characters.

  • I guess as long as it is just a snippet its fine. – mvg Nov 7 '14 at 11:44

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