When I search for particular programming problems on Google, I am always excited (and also always hoping) to see SO results on page one so I can just click them and get my answers, however sometimes (if not often) those links are links to questions with a lot of down vote or sadly even without answers. Take this example, result nr. 5


My question (to SO team): Is it a good idea to flag questions with bad reputation as being "no-index"? so that those SO results on Google are only the best ones?

I know I can search directly within SO website but one of the advantages searching on Google is that I have more options.


I've got mixed feelings about this. I know it can be disappointing to click on a promising link only to find a question with no answer. However, some questions with low votes have good answers. Also, there are a lot of unanswered questions that I'd like to see get more exposure, not less. I don't know if it's a good idea to remove any open questions from search results. The people who find them from Google might be the ones who end up answering.

  • But sadly, most of those wonderful answers are now defunct. Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/88709/… – Dr. belisarius Jun 18 '11 at 1:07
  • @Wether: Right, but I was only using those as an example that bad questions do get good answers. The deleted ones won't show up in a Google search anyway. – Bill the Lizard Jun 18 '11 at 1:21
  • closed questions, which cannot get new answers, which have no answer which is highly voted on, are pretty much dead stubs of the internet. They are also a waste of a Google user's time. E.G. I googled how to play back Skype's dat voicemail format. SO came up twice in results, I trust SO, so I read them, even though it's definitely not an SO question. Guess what. Closed, no actionable information. – dlamblin Dec 17 '12 at 3:22
  • @dlamblin This feature request isn't about closed questions, it's about questions with low score. – Bill the Lizard Dec 17 '12 at 3:59
  • @BilltheLizard if that's how you read it; of all the questions with bad reputation, some of them are also closed questions. – dlamblin Dec 23 '12 at 7:44

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