I have no idea if there is any way to change it on the SE side of things or if it's something only Google can change, but I'll add it here anyway.

I searched for Java how many characters in a string in Google, and Google helpfully decided to give me the answer of the first link (which was a SO question) right in the Google page:

google result

Which is good except for the first line: vote 90 down vote accepted. Which is weirdly formatted and doesn't even seem right (63 total votes) so is unhelpful and looks bad.

If it's possible that line should be removed, or possibly changed to Accepted Answer as that may be helpful.

  • I do this all the time and stackoverflow stuff always formats perfectly -- perhaps it was that particular request? – cat Dec 16 '15 at 2:09
  • What I mean to ask is, is it reproducible? – cat Dec 16 '15 at 2:10
  • it is with that search, not sure with others, I've tried several other question titles, but it doesn't show the answer on Google like that question does, I'm not sure what determines when google will show it. – Aequitas Dec 16 '15 at 2:13
  • Never mind, I reproduced it. Perhaps that question has some offending markdown – cat Dec 16 '15 at 2:17
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    Links to the SO answer in the screenshot and the question it belongs to – Pops Dec 16 '15 at 2:39
  • @cat it has html in it: <sup>31</sup> is that what you meant? – Aequitas Dec 16 '15 at 2:39
  • @Aequitas no, the question's formatting itself seems fine. However, that question is from back in 2009, when the layout and format of SO/SE was very different. I think google caches how those boxes are displayed for certain sites, so the box template that works for modern SE doesn't work for old SE. – cat Dec 16 '15 at 2:44
  • As for "doesn't even seem right (63 total votes)" - it's the answer, which now have 92 score, so it was indeed 90 when Google last cached it. But agree it's a bug - somewhere. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Dec 16 '15 at 7:41
  • In cases like this, I would recommend clicking the Feedback link in the lower-right corner to tell Google about the problem. – murgatroid99 Dec 17 '15 at 4:33

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