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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Is stackstatus.com related to stackstatus.net?

No, it's not. It seems to be something similar to stackstatus.net, but then for customers of a hosting company called "20i". I never heard of them before, but with a simple Google search I ...
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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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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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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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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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"Hot Network Questions" cross-linking is polluting Google Search Results

Just ran into this myself. Was trying to find an answer of mine on Stack Overflow so used the following search in Google... site:stackoverflow.com "phil" react context FYI, I'm using Google ...
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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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Google.ca sent me to the wrong URL for Android Enthusiasts Meta, so my browser gave the error: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

The meta sites were recently renamed from meta.*.stackexchange.com to *.meta.stackexchange.com, exactly with the goal to avoid the continuous ssl problems. The ssl certs are valid only for the new ...
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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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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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Invalid size parameters break avatars served by Google

My userscript ReduceClutter checks if avatar images (on profile, posts, etc.) are broken and replaces them with a grey box: This should work for images hosted anywhere including Google and Facebook.
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Google cache returns the mobile version of a question

I think this is due to mobile first indexing. I don’t believe that Google stores a second copy for you to access, but you may be able to find the information you want through Archive.org, the data ...
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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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Unable to change Google account when logging into Stack Overflow

This appears to be a bug between the site and Google somewhere. The only workaround I've found is to delete cookies.
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A Skeptics Stack Exchange query in Google search is not returning with the exact link of the site

Is it possible to rectify this issue in some way by the Stack Exchange team? No. Google picks the top result based on what its algorithms think is most likely to be useful. Website owners are very ...
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Is there a problem with Google indexing of Bioinformatics (Beta) Stack Exchange?

I don't believe we do anything special or different across sites when it comes to Google indexing. (Not for questions, anyway.) For what it's worth, the question does show up for me as a top result ...
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Is it bad to ask questions on Stack Overflow that are easily searchable on Google?

I feel like I am achieving my goal of getting the answer with less effort Yeah, but it's added effort for the people you're asking. Don't forget, they're giving their time to get you a solution for ...
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What to do to make a question easier to find?

Among the 4 solutions you've proposed, I think the second one "Editing the existing post" is the proper way. Now, looking at the disadvantage you've mentioned: Disadvantage: Random words in ...
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