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Stack Exchange communities are different! How? Speech bubbles!

None of these are search engine "bugs", nor is the quirkiness Google-specific. The root of the issue is, unlike the other network sites, https://stackexchange.com/ lacks a meta description ...
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Google "answering" my search with link to SE, but not showing the top answer(s)

We do have influence over this, using a feature the Google bot listens to: HTML5 microdata. It's a set of attributes you can add to HTML5 elements to guide machines in better understanding the content ...
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Google "answering" my search with link to SE, but not showing the top answer(s)

If there is a problem in the way Google features work, then that's a bug for Google, not Stack Exchange. The feature is only visible when searching on Google.com (and then only some of the time), and ...
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Are comments indexed by Google?

Some of them. You can prove this by finding any random comment that has been around for awhile and searching for it in Google. It will appear in the search results. Google will (naturally) prioritize ...
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Does Stack Overflow have a special Google integration?

This is an ongoing experiment that Google is running. They contacted us some time ago and let us know they were interested in running an experiment that showed additional information from our site ...
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Stack Exchange communities are different! How? Speech bubbles!

It looks like Googlebot is picking up the alt text for the speech bubbles. Since the image isn't actually conveying any information, I think an empty alt would be more appropriate. The same is true ...
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stackexchange.com search no longer working

Thanks for bringing this up. We indeed missed any communication from Google about this change, and so didn't notice it until you all brought it to our attention. We've updated the way we use Google ...
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Stack Exchange communities are different! How? Speech bubbles!

We've finally updated stackexchange.com to include a real meta description! It should be We make Stack Overflow and 170+ other community-powered Q&A sites. It looks like Google hasn't ...
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Why do I get redirected from HTTPS to HTTP when using the Googlebot IP range against the StackExchange API?

This is a confluence of different things, so this is gonna be a kind of complicated answer. While we're working on getting https everywhere, SO is available over https but it's not really supported ...
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Will Stack Exchange traffic be affected as Google now shows an answer right on the search page

Stack Exchange encourages quality content which in turns require details and explanation (usually). I don't think that this Google feature will have any major negative impact on Stack Exchange, rather ...
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"Hot Network Questions" cross-linking is polluting Google Search Results

I can prove this is an issue: Hot Network Question titles are indexed and then show up in google searches, causing SE to pollute the results... in this example, 8/9 results on the first page are ...
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Protecting a question shows mistaken authorship in Google search results

We have just deployed a set of schema.org QAPage compatibility updates across the network to better inform Google (and anyone crawling us really) of what's what, who's who, etc. This includes clearly ...
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Massive discrepancy of search results on Stackexchange vs StackOverflow?

Google search is a massively different beast when it comes to searching, and you should in no way expect a site search to return similar results to Google. Most notably, Google searches the entire ...
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Would Stack Exchange consider moving away from Google services?

The Google service that you are referring to is a CDN serving copy of JQuery, a ubiquitous JavaScript library. Stack Exchange is just using that instead of hosting a local copy for efficiency reasons. ...
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Duplicate Results in Google Search - Is it a Bug?

The way question URLs work is that anything after questions/{question-ID}/ is dynamically replaced with the title of the question... But it looks like any string added after that title (following ...
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Invalid size parameters break avatars served by Google

This will be fixed in the next build. Many (but not all) avatars that come from Google start with /a-/ followed by an alphanumeric sequence. You can then append their weird not-query-string query ...
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Why does Google ask its users to use Stack Exchange as a support forum for its own product?

So, why does Google not provide to its own users a way to help each other? For instance, Microsoft, Apple or Adobe offer to their users a community support forum. That isn't answerable here. The only ...
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Data Explorer CAPTCHA doesn't work with Google blocked

I cannot reproduce this issue on a standard PC (not blocking Google). We rely on Google to provide reCAPTCHA and also as a login provider for our sites. If you block Google, reCAPTCHA and login via ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask a user to google in comments?

Yes. Much more effective is down voting the question for lack of research, as well as not being useful for future visitors. Next step is to verify if the question fits one of the close reasons. ...
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Google is showing only one result of Stack Overflow (per query) for the last 2 days?

You are correct that there are fewer results. This is sort of a mix of whodunit, an update by Google made a previously low key system used by Stack Overflow rather harmful to search traffic. Stack ...
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Why is https://meta.dev.superuser.com indexed by Google?

Hmm, there was an invalid setting for that dev site which allowed anyone in, including Google. It's been set to private again. Will investigate how it was set improperly. Expect yelling and ...
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How to UNBLOCK a specific domain from Google Search results (stackoverflow.com)

At first sight this question might look a question that could be asked in Web Applications and in Super User... Web Applications: Unfortunately troubleshooting like questions are off-topic on this ...
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Where can I ask questions about Google?

The Stack Exchange network has grown a lot since this was originally posted, and there is now Webmasters SE, and they have a pagerank tag. If this is still an issue, try asking over there. :)
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Can't log in the iOS app with my Google account

The problem was a content blocker, after disabling it the Google login in app worked. It seem that the Google login in app is treated as unwanted ad.
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?tags=... query string present in Google search result; URL doesn't link to tagged page

I think it is due to the tag navigation system used in previous year: Which links to the ?tags= like navigation things. Google may be caching olden navigation links but now such navigations are no ...
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Can't log in the iOS app with my Google account

The problem is with blocked cookies. Here is the solution which helped me. Go to Settings -> Safari -> under "Privacy & Security -> Block Cookies -> set it to "Always allow" Try to login again.
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Google logo is out of date (follow-up)

It is now up to date according to your post:
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Answering the Googlers - addressing the question Google searchers are likely to have

There's nothing wrong with adding extra bonus stuff to your question to help others, but I think an even better solution is to ask a new question that covers the aspects you think the Google folks ...
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