I searched DuckDuckGo just now and a StackOverflow question came up as a search result. Instead of a meaningful page description or snippet, below the DuckDuckGo search result entry appeared the following:

Back to the future! Just like the '90s, good things have to come to an end. If you want to switch to the current site, you'll find the option here.

This is not helpful for users, and should not happen again. I expect it will be a short-lived problem, as the throwback theme seems to already be deactivated.

BTW, it was likely an accessibility problem as well as an SEO one.

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    It won't happen again ... they never run the same April fools twice ... – rene Apr 8 at 19:36
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this appears to be a caching issue on DuckDuckGo's end, as I don't see this happening in Google or Bing. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Apr 8 at 19:51
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    @SonictheWizardWerehog I recall a similar case where the cookie consent or one of those other headers appeared in all Google search results. While I agree this might be related to the particular crawler, there is some merit in reporting it and keeping it as for a one day event it is a bit weird to sacrifice search content. The "Google" issue was also resolved by SE, not Google. – rene Apr 8 at 20:11
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    @SonictheWizardWerehog: The fact that it still shows up after the theme has been deactivated is a result of caching, but the fact that it was ever shown to the search engine at all is SE's fault. – sondra.kinsey Apr 8 at 21:34
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    The problem was solved by the nature of it being a one-day (or two) event. The re-creation of the problem for some other system-wide change remains a possibility, as this is a repeat, in spirit, of the cookie consent issue. It may not be a "bug" in the code, but it does seem to be a "bug" in the coding. Those who cannot learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Let's use this as a reminder to learn from the past. – Gypsy Spellweaver Apr 8 at 22:35

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