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Explanation With - I admit - a lot of effort I have figured this one out. I checked tons of links, many more than I posted here (I got tired of posting examples after a while) and it all checks out. It's kinda complex but here it goes: If there are 0 answers, google will count the number of comments of the question If there is only 1 answer, google will ...


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So apparently this is pointing to an issue with google. If you use fiddler or wget and request http://www.doioig.gov you will see the following response: Notice the meta refresh pointing at http://stackoverflow.com - it seems that a developer copied and pasted the answer from here without changing the example URL: https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/...


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It's possible. Head over to your profile -> Click on Edit Profile & Settings -> Click on My Logins -> Add More Logins. Now select Google, and proceed to login to Google with the preferred Google profile. This will be added to Stack Exchange as one of the available logins. As Rebecca mentions in a comment below: Be sure you log out of your Google ...


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The two examples that Maile Ohye gives in that video are 1) articles (e.g. blog posts) that are spread over several pages, and 2) product pages of e-commerce sites. Neither of these examples fit our case. Each answer stands on its own, unlike the "cookie" example in the video where one page by itself doesn't make any sense. rel=canonical is for duplicate ...


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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 of a page. I say the Google bot listens to microdata with certainty: Google itself recommends using microdata for interacting with their search engine. They ...


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None of these are search engine "bugs", nor is the quirkiness Google-specific. The root of the issue is, unlike the other network sites, http://stackexchange.com/ lacks a meta description tag. With it, search engines will generally use that as the blurb text, for example the description of Meta Stack Exchange in the image. Without it, search engines just ...


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We're not special cased. Google does a pretty good job of guessing at this sort of thing (don't ask me how exactly). We do use the https://schema.org/QAPage itemtype and set all relevant properties. View source on any question page to see it in action. That's basically the extent of our Google signaling (though technically we're signalling to anyone who ...


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A quote from the comments on the question @MikeW this is not off topic. The google-cloud-storage tag is officially supported by Google. This is a funny thing about tags, especially sponsored tags. They give off a certainly feel for official support, when they are in fact nothing more than owner sponsored advertisements, however the user than made this ...


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I think the my logins tab does what you want. You can add your Facebook and SE account with your existing account. Now if you are not sure of your Google account, make a Stack Exchange account and merge with your existing account (You can do that in the my logins tab itself). This is one account you can be sure of.


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"We're building a canonical archive of programming answers." And that includes answers easily accessible via Google search No. For trivial questions easily answered by a canonical resource like the language's manual itself, we are not there to build an obstacle to Googlers, leading them to a (possibly incorrect) SO question instead of the correct ...


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Closed questions would better be removed from Google results at all, to avoid advertising content deemed inappropriate. There is even similar feature request: Withdraw questions with no useful answers from Google index As long as it's not so, I think it would be beneficial if this slip of the tongue (assuming it's unintentional) was preserved for the ...


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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 there is a feedback link below it in your screenshot. Perhaps you could use that to report the problem? When you do (I clicked Not Useful), there is also a ...


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You can do one of two things: Post a link as a comment Read the other post, understand it, write an answer in your own words. Link to the post if you wish, and sometimes quoting the awesome parts help. You can also expand on it, nothing stopping you there. Just don't answer with just a link/copy-paste. That's a no-no. Some examples of my posts where I've ...


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It was a simple mistake. The code that renders the head tags was refactored to support Twitter cards, that need the open graph equivalent of <link rel="canonical"/>. The code to set the canonical URL was there, but in the wrong rendering section, so when the link was rendered, no value was yet present and nothing got written. I've fixed it and it's ...


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I don't really like the black bar vibe in general. I do like the new functionality (although I miss the direct link to main, but I am getting used to the drop down), but the old look was cozy and distinctive. The new look reminds me of some random, unpopular blog/aggregate/whatever web site that only really exists to be some web designers portfolio piece. ...


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Titles are primarily for humans. SO is doing just fine on Google juice and the algorithms don't need your help. So write for people. That means that SQL, C#: find top 3 sales reps is a crappy title but Why doesn't this SQL query correctly return the top 3 sales reps? is a better one. It's not "don't use tag words in titles" it's "don't stick tag words ...


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Yes. ...Unless you're talking about the copy of jQuery hosted on Google's CDN, which is not exactly an API but does have the name "googleapis" in its URL. In that case, the answer is a qualified "no". Since the entire point of loading that from a CDN is to minimize load time by using the version most folks already have cached somewhere, it's not a ...


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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 including answer snippets. At the time they were going to focus it on the mobile app and web experience, but the desktop experience is also included in this round ...


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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 posts to comments, but it will search comments if there is a far closer match than there is in posts. Screenshot of Google search for this random comment: ...


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No. Due to the type of site, Google shows how many answers there are at the end of a link, since it recognizes SO as a Q&A site. It also does this with, for example, Yahoo Answers: Google tries very hard to identify and sort data, and present that in a useful way. This is yet another example of that, it just happens to work well because Google is ...


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The question should most certainly not be completely rewritten to turn it into an index for Zend questions - doing so is pretty much against what editing is for, and is problematic for a ton of other reasons, from everything to reputation to ownership of questions. Editing the title to better reflect the question would be a much better choice, even if you'...


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Even if it is a basic question, I see no reason why we should discourage the asking of it, unless it already appears in the SO database. The goal is for people to be able to google and get pointed to SO for good advice, which is impossible if the question has never been asked. On that note, there is a big difference between a basic question and a ...


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"Yes, it really is that simple." Not that we won't do this (we very likely will for /q/ and /a/), but you're making some assumptions here. For example those links are used for referral tracking, if we let search engines hit them, we have to exclude search engine crawls from generating referral counts and granting badges. Now we happen to be doing this ...


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I’m a Google software developer and an active contributor to Stack Overflow. I work on Google Cloud Storage, so I help answer questions for the google-cloud-storage tag. Let me start by saying that we do vote to close questions that are clearly off-topic. We sometimes have users asking questions about their account status or about service errors specific to ...


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I always liked the easy on the eyes, less is more approach to the style here at stack exchange. There is a lot of contrast which occurs in the new top bar. I like the functionality, but I was kind of hoping for a more gentle color scheme. Here is what a rollback of styling with the new features looks like. Food for thought... Name and gravatar Name only


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It's arguably minor, but I find this difficult to disagree with. In the context of a page title, javascript is not a tag (where the implicit convention is to use lowercase). When it is used to start a sentence, not doing it right does look odd. That's because it is wrong, twice. Sentences begin with a capital letter AND JavaScript is a proper noun. One way ...


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I noticed something that might explain this behavior. Somewhere between September 15 this year (2013) and September 23, the dev team removed the Canonical link element that used to be on all questions pages. How I figured this? Here is an archived version of a question from September 15 and the same question eight days later - view the source of both to ...


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Yeah, I hate this feeling when I'm looking for a solution to a problem for days. Finally, I manage to type a query into Google in such a way that SO pops out. I say to myself: got it! I'm very happy. Then I click the link only to see that I'm not the first one with this problem, and it's unanswered since like 1970. I'm very sad. However, it makes me add ...


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we should search for what we want to ask for, prior to asking. There's no contradiction here. You should search Google prior to asking if Google is where you get better results. Stack Overflow was designed from the start to be search engine friendly. That's a feature, not a bug.


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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 for "Voting arrows" and "checkmark". There's also a ton of advice out there1 on how to get "good" blurbs and snippets into the SERPs, including from the horse's ...


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