I recently googled

why is cathode labelled with k

and here is the result

Google result

The link takes you to a question on electronics, which is essentially identical to the question I googled. It has two answers, the accepted one has 15 upvotes, the other has 4 downvotes.

The featured snippet shown in the screenshot is from the downvoted answer.

As you can imagine, the problem is not unique to Stack Exchange. Try c is char always signed for another example.

I wonder what, if anything, can be done to prevent search engines from quoting misinformation from within a page, whether that be from a bad answer or from comments?

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    This is a problem with how Google presents data, and not something Stack Exchange can do anything about. Stack Exchange provides Google with the right markup, and has been providing the information Google could use to avoid this for years now. Mar 23, 2021 at 12:42
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    @MartijnPieters I had a feeling people were going to say "it's a problem with Google". Well for what it's worth I did use their feedback tool.
    – Rodney
    Mar 23, 2021 at 12:48
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    Based on Googles own Rich Results Test there is nothing Stack Exchange can do any better. Maybe Google doesn't understand a negative upvoteCount?
    – rene
    Mar 23, 2021 at 13:11


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