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Questions tagged [search-engine]

For questions relating to *external* search engines (not Stack Exchange's built-in search).

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Duplicate Content without canonical or robots meta tag

I recently stumbled across an oddity while debugging a transmission problem. When I searched for "transmission-daemon Error loading config file", I got the same askubuntu question on both the first ...
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Add ability to craft regex expressions for the Search Bar

Another question "Add code search syntax to search tips" gave me this idea for a feature request: Something like code:"-->" searches for the infamous -- > "operators". (Protip: it's not an ...
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The search engine adds to much importance to “how to prevent”?

The search engine treats general phrase like "how to prevent" as more important part than the actual part of the question, so I'm getting this list of totally unrelated search results: 2 How to ...
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Can I still see my own answers that I deleted? [duplicate]

ADDED. There was the question What is the 'deleted recent questions' page in the user profile? referring to the links to recent questions only that is apparently only visible to moderators or ...
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How can I search my own answers over the whole Stack Exchange network? [duplicate]

I wrote an answer on one of the Stack Exchange sites a while ago, but I don't remember where. How can I find it by a keyword?
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Are comments indexed by Google?

Are comments made on SE sites indexed by Google? Or is the site configured in such a way that only questions and answered are "seen" by Google robots? I know this question appears related, but its ...
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Wrong font for Google custom search [duplicate]

Seems there is wrong font size in the Stack Exchange Google custom search page: Bottom border of the search box is obscured.
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Make more precise the post searching by author on Stack Exchange

Scenario On Stack Exchange it's possible to search for pages around the whole Stack Exchange Network. It was suggested that to search for posts by an author to include their display name. The problem ...
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How to search for POSTS containing brackets? [duplicate]

I want to search if anyone has asked anything about [how-to-ask]. I typed \[how-to-ask] (brings me \[how-to-ask]), \[how-to-ask\] (brings me \[how-to-ask]) and [how-to-ask\] (brings a non-existent tag)...
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Search Q&A is much less efficient than the engine behind the search while you type a question [duplicate]

I noticed that the search engine that brings up possible duplicate questions while you're typing a question works great. Is there a way to use the same search engine in the 'Search Q&A' search ...
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Does the question score have an influence on google rating? [duplicate]

Could someone from the dev team explain what defines the rank of SE question in Google search (or Bing search, if it happens to be different)? Do search engines define the rank independently based on ...
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Improving search engine indexing for tag wikis?

As far as I can tell, full tag wikis do not seem to be indexed well by search engines, especially on beta sites. Tag wikis I made months ago on Genealogy & Family History SE cannot be found via a ...
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Filter bogus results when searching for questions/answers

I didn't know whether this belonged here or Super User, apologies. Like many (most?) people I don't search for answers directly on Stack Overflow (and other Stack Exchange sites), but rather via ...
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Prevent users to come up in search engines

I have discovered that Users come up in search results which is annoying for me as my username is the same as the name that I produce apps under. This means that my Stack Exchange profiles come up in ...
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How can I search for special characters?

Situation: It started out as me trying to search for the literal string C-c in https://vi.stackexchange.com/ but it ended up omitting the - sign and showing results which contained the strings C/C++ ...
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Answering the Googlers - addressing the question Google searchers are likely to have

Often Google shows a Stack Exchange page first in search results (raise your hand if this is how you first discovered S.E.). Sometimes the interest inferred from the Google search terms is different ...
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Stack Exchange on port 8080

Some Google search results of Stack Exchange sites show URLs with port 8080. Curiously, other search engines I checked like Bing and Yandex aren't affected. It looks like Google has indexed various ...
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Phishing sites (proxies) to most common Stack Network sites

A similar problem was already reported here: What is stackoverflow.com.80bola.com?, but it does not answers my question. I want to know what us as a community need to do to block this kind of sites ...
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Stackoverflow URL phishing [duplicate]

I am sorry for my English in advance. Just now I was searching something on Google and I found a search result which looked similar to Stackoverflow URL and I clicked on it. After clicking, it ...
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StackExchange API abused for traffic [duplicate]

Innocents who Bing and Google for StackExchange/StackOverflow questions are not seeing Stack_ URL at the top of the search results. The offenders (I presume) are using the StackExchange API and ...
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Google Search showing “Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions …”

When searching for some help on a topic on XML Namespaces, I encountered the following in my Google search: The 2nd item in search results pointed to Why "Namespace 'http://www.w3.org/...
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Is the Firefox browser's default search engine still evil in 2014?

From /robots.txt on one Stack Exchange site: # # Yahoo bot is evil. # User-agent: Slurp Disallow: / Four years ago, someone asked what's so "evil" about Yahoo!, and the answer was that Slurp was ...
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Will Stack Exchange traffic be affected as Google now shows an answer right on the search page

I searched the terms "JavaScript Closure" in Google search and the very first result I found contains content from an answer posted on Stack Overflow. How this will impact Stack Exchange?
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Stack Overflow search engine for browsers

I would like to use Stack Overflow as a search engine in my browsers. Most of the time when I have a programming problem, I would like to search only on Stack Overflow, or Stack Exchange sites. ...
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When are tags included in the HTML title of the question page?

I see that there are two ways to derive the HTML title from the question. Here some "random" examples. Tag-prefixed question: c - format string vulnerability - printf - Stack Overflow classloader - ...
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As it currently stands, this summary is not a good fit for Google

I was poking about Google (search: groovy java) and came across this search result: (plain text of above screen shot, for the imgur impaired) Why would one use Groovy over Java? - Stack ...
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strange “search engine optimization” in answers

I just found this answer with this bit in the middle: Please ignore the following questions. These are meant to be picked up by Google/search-engines to better aid in quick research for beginners, ...
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Why do all questions link to themselves?

Every question links to itself in its H1 tag, and I was wondering why this is the case. This is also true for every post on Jeff Atwood's blog. Is this for SEO reasons? I was warned against this from ...
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Do tag synonyms show up in search engine results?

If a tag is synonymised to a master tag: Example> The master tag is music, a synonymised tag is jazz. If people are searching jazz on the internet, does the jazz tag still catch search engines?
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Removed question still showing up in Google Search

Today, I found negative rep in my account. So when I checked it I found that the question was removed. However when I tried to click the question link it didn't allowed. 1) So what I did is I copy ...
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Stack Exchange does not show up in Google's Creative Commons Search

Not quite sure if this is bug report or feature request. In Google Advanced Search, you can search by CC license: http://search.creativecommons.org/. Other search engines also have similar features. ...
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Tags appear in lowercase in Google search results — should they be capitalized?

Across the Stack Exchange network, tags appear before the user-given title of the question inside the HTML <title> element: <title>javascript - What does jQuery.fn mean? - Stack Overflow&...
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Google two time Index same stack overflow question? [closed]

Why does the Google search engine indexes a Stack Overflow question two times? Please see this Google Index in this question Display of html contents in C# - Stack Overflow and c# - Display of html ...
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How to access the sitemap.xml file of stackoverflow.com

A simple Google search (filetype:xml site:stackoverflow.com) tells me the SO sitemap.xml file is here: http://stackoverflow.com/sitemap.xml But When I access this file in the browser, I get a "Page ...
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Posts in Stack Overflow instantly searchable? [duplicate]

Just a random question, all the questions I have created in Stack Overflow instantly searchable the moment I publish it. How is it possible? I thought you will need to wait for google to crawl the ...
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Are image and link description text indexed by search engines or SE's built-in search functionality?

In some of my questions in Arqade (e.g. this), I would put a screenshot to indicate what I'm talking about. I was wondering if I should write the text in the screenshot in the question's body to ...
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Are Stack Overflow profiles indexed by search engines?

Is it possible to find a given user's about page by searching for information contained in it on google? -EDIT- I managed to find my profile by searching for text on my "about me" box, but couldn't ...
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Why Related links have no “nofollow” attribute [duplicate]

I noticed that the links at the right of any stackoveflow.com pages lacks "nofollow" attribute. CMIIW, but these links is result of algorithm work that compares question based on automatic text ...
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Searching for stack overflows instead of Stack Overflow [duplicate]

Sometimes I write code that is not perfect. I know that because my console sometimes looks like this: Exception in thread "blahblahblah" java.lang.StackOverflowError at java.lang.Thread....
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Does the search mechanism on the Stack Exchange blog work at all?

This post on blog.stackoverflow.com features this line: We’re also hiring a full-time data scientist, and we’re going to be very interested in talking to the authors of the best classifiers. The ...
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Can we add moderator features to see keyword analytics and annotated traffic graphs for specific questions?

Editing is part of Stack Exchange culture. We see a question with a typo – we fix it. Some go further and clarify a question, or add metadata (tags) to a question, or caption an image where ...
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Are questions that are closed visible to visitors from search engines?

I know that questions that are closed are not allowed to answer further. But are these questions visible to outside world? I mean are these questions can be searched from search engines like Google?
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Don't index closed questions (non-duplicate) for search engines

Currently, closed questions are still indexed by search engines. This makes sense for duplicates, but I think this is counterproductive for other closed questions. Encountering a closed question when ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a question then immediately close it as a duplicate to aid searching?

I recently found the solution to the problem I was having in this question. However, it took a while to find, as it doesn't contain the error message I was getting: The property "Behaviors" does ...
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Search API: AND Vs OR

Using API, if you search for 'orange icon' in the title: https://api.stackexchange.com/2.1/search?order=desc&sort=activity&intitle=orange%20icon&site=stackoverflow (5results) but a site ...
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Why doesn't SO use MS Bing for search?

I am considering search options for an e-commerce website I am building, and wish to understand the rationale behind Stack Overflow's choice of search engine. Stack overflow has good REST urls, so ...
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Ask search engines to not index downvoted questions

Since one of the purposes of the SE sites is to make the internet better, and in many ways the window to the internet is provided by the various search engines, wouldn't it be an idea to "hide" ...
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Can closed questions be found on Google?

I was just wondering about that because it would influence how I deal with closed questions, e.g. whether they need to be improved (tagging, formatting, code samples) after closing, or if some should ...
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Comment markdown seen unescaped by symbolhound? [closed]

If I do a symbolhound search for Could you give an example of what you _, I get a match with Regular expressions in Ruby included. Where is the mistake or what do I have to change to get the correct ...
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How to hide links in Stack Overflow answers from search engines?

Some of my previous questions on Stack Overflow contain test links to client websites. However, my client would prefer these links not to show in google. Is there a way to do this without hindering ...