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I have discovered that Users come up in search results which is annoying for me as my username is the same as the name that I produce apps under.

This means that my Stack Exchange profiles come up in search results online, possibly even before my own site.

Can Stack Exchange add user profiles to the robots.txt please so search engines won't index it.

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    change your username then – user306364 Oct 31 '15 at 11:46
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    I rely on that feature to show up on-line... – rene Oct 31 '15 at 11:50
  • I have now changed my username. – user307971 Oct 31 '15 at 12:01
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    yes, so we see - interesting name – user306364 Oct 31 '15 at 12:10
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    You expected SE to be hidden behind walls and unsearchable by search engines?? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 31 '15 at 13:57
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This is quite a useful feature to me. I like that people looking for me find my useful contributions on SE. And you can't actually blame SE for being good in SEO.

If you don't want others to find your SE contributions when searching for your name, just change your username to something else.

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    The most important piece of advice is doing so at registration, since the Internet remembers all. – Deer Hunter Oct 31 '15 at 13:35
  • Not anymore @DeerHunter . I have the right to be forgotten... – rene Oct 31 '15 at 14:32
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    @rene - yeah. As if three-letter folks care about our rights... – Deer Hunter Oct 31 '15 at 17:49

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