After some recent changes whenever I open a question the page title reads <first-question-tag>-<question title>-Stack Overflow.

Tags are often quite long - for example there's visual-studio-2008 tag on SO. If browser uses tabs the tag might occupy all the tab width and no room for actual question title is left - this makes navigating between tabs inconvenient.

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    Related (on Webmasters): webmasters.stackexchange.com/q/6556/46 Dec 10, 2010 at 13:11
  • +1 for idea, even tho I know why it's being done in the first place. @JeffAtwood (when you get around to this one) doesn't appending them work as well as prepending them?
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 10, 2010 at 15:30
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    @drachenstern: No, tags placed earlier in the <title> have more weight (for confirmation see Rebecca's link, above) so prepending is optimal. Dec 10, 2010 at 16:19
  • @Robert ~ Are you serious? OY that SUCKS ~~~~ Guess that makes this [status-by-design] then and not likely to go away...
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 10, 2010 at 16:42
  • This wouldn't be nearly as inconvenient if the default maximum tab size was about 25% larger.
    – Jon Seigel
    Dec 10, 2010 at 17:48
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    IMO "not that convenient" is not strong enough. Personally I think the tag-in-title is downright annoying, and sometimes confusing. I hope it can be just a temporary change.
    – David Z
    Dec 10, 2010 at 22:14
  • -1, sorry - content-scraping sites do precisely this so that they rank higher, and we have to fight fire with fire. It would be an SEO disaster to not do that.
    – bwDraco
    Dec 6, 2013 at 2:29

2 Answers 2


Sorry, this is absolutely necessary, otherwise we get demolished by scrapers using our own content in Google ranking.

For background you can read:


As for "why not at the end of the title versus at the start", see

Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?


For anyone not aware of the problem with this, and why this "solution" exists for the "problem" that most users familiar with SO don't know about:

Report high-Google-ranking Stack Exchange content copiers here

quoting meta (so meta, no?)

for those of you seeing scrapers rank above #stackoverflow can you reply with your exact google query terms? (plain text only, no urls) Tweeted by codinghorror on December 9, 2010 at 7:59 AM


What to do when you find copied SF, SU or SO content on other websites?

Why these scrapers have higher ranks than the original stackoverflow pages in Google search results?

  • The SO Clones link doesn't list SO scrapers like efreedom and comanswer, but only UI clones.
    – user138231
    Dec 10, 2010 at 17:23
  • @BalusC ~ I finally had time to update my answer. Sorry.
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 10, 2010 at 19:58

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