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Google tweaked their search algorithm yesterday: (More info here on The Register). Interestingly it only seems to have affected some sites: and that doesn't include SO: Is it going to last? Unfortunately there is no way of knowing, but yes, it might - it's not like a burst of traffic you might get from a link on somewhere like reddit that'll be gone ...


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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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Flag it as spam. We have a chat room called Charcoal HQ, where people who flag questions as spam hang out. If you mention it there, the regulars will flag it too. Some of them have accounts on every Stack Exchange site just for that purpose. Don't edit the post! Editing makes it harder for everyone else to tell it's spam, and therefore harder to accumulate ...


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A fix for this went live last week - canonical URLs should now be properly working across the network. Canonicals are also the question, not per-answer which should clean up Google over time. This won't be immediate as there are tens of millions of links to crawl, but I'm keeping an eye on their search console dashboards and trying to remedy what I can. ...


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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 Here is an archived version of a question from September 15 and the same question eight days later - view the source of both to ...


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Yep, we found out about this yesterday. You may consider us notified. (I love how many people try to tell us these things! That's not sarcasm; it really, truly is nice to have so many people in the community who care about us.) Please note that the definition of "scraper" that Matt Cutts and Google are using there is not identical to the definition of "...


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If it improves SEO and doesn't harm human readability (e.g. you're not just randomly stuffing keywords in to a title where they wouldn't naturally be) or make it somehow less discoverable within Stack Exchange (not sure how that'd work to be honest)... Go for it. Improving discoverability is as valid an improvement as any other. As we all like to point out,...


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I can't say what the idea was of putting it there, but I do find it useful because it lets people quickly grab a perm-link to the question itself. Since you might stumble upon the question by having received a link to one of the answers. Also, the "infinite link loop" makes no sense, as it would only need two links that link to each other to create an ...


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In my experience, votes don't affect SEO nearly enough. Almost every problem I search for turns up multiple SO results, and frequently one of those is clearly the definitive version of the problem on SO, but it's rarely the top hit. As an example, searching "android spinner prompt select" on Google* right now turns up three dupes and one unrelated question ...


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I think the question is how they rank not just appear. It says here that: "The Golden Rule of SEO: Content is King" is the first thing to consider. It's quite simple: have good content. That's the primary reason Stack Overflow has a chance to rank at Google, simply because of how page ranking works. Websites that have no optimization or ...


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http://RQGG.net http://www.rqgg.net/hohohohohohohoh/Scrblnrd3.html Given, most of these are a few spots behind Stack Overflow, but a few are higher.


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While I can see some advantages to this because it can be annoying to find unanswered questions I can think of several downsides: Sometimes I've found useful information in the questions themselves. That happened to me recently when I couldn't work out the parameter format for an API call and I found a question where that section of the code was OK and the ...


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That's due to our new CDN provider CloudFlare automagically hosting the site on those ports. We're working to address that with them.


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While we continue to press CloudFlare for a resolution on their side - I understand the matters of scale of where a change like this is placed as well. For now, we have gotten them to add a header letting us know the original port the client requested and are 301ing all traffic not on 80 or 443 over to http:// with port stripped. That change is now live, ...


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Size! SO is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a lot of questions on Chemistry, but that's just peanuts to SO.* Google prioritises large sites with highly rated, new and changing content, so if your search uses terms which are also appropriate on SO, you will get results from ...


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As Catija says in their comment improvements to questions are always welcome. Your change has improved the question from an explicit tool request (which are off topic for Super User) to an on topic question about how to achieve a desired goal to which the answer may well be "use this tool". Though this needn't be the only answer and encourage people to ...


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Google groups pages by how often they update, and crawls the frequently changing ones more often. That's why the indexes to news sites are always fresh too.


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I'm guessing that the reasons are twofold To cause recursion and therefore a stack overflow of Stack Overflows See item 1 No, but in all seriousness, I've used this several times before, especially when I'm editing or answering a question, and I don't want to copy and paste the URL into a new tab. I'm not sure what the original reasoning was, but that's ...


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Rather than intentionally posting a duplicate, just improve the original page. You could post an answer that uses different terminology, or if you're able to do it properly (i.e. without changing the underlying content or adding inaccuracies) you can potentially edit the question or an existing answer to use the proper terminology, thus improving ...


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I think there's two reasons that these don't get picked up, because of visibility. They don't get a lot of visibility because: Folks don't do a lot of linking to them We don't do a lot of linking to them, as far as search engines see. The only link that doesn't pop up in something Javascripty (TM) to these is on the tag page itself, e.g. /tags/discussion. ...


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Questions can be migrated no longer than 60 days after they are posted, so these historical questions can't be migrated, regardless of their special lock state - they are just too old. There is a caveat, though - Stack Exchange employees may migrate questions that are older than 60 days, but this is only done in very rare cases, but usually not by request. ...


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Internal links are always good because they allow page authority to spread around a website. The more internal links a page has, the more likely it is to be seen by Google as interesting and worthy of ranking. It is the same logic that applies to followers on Twitter or Facebook; the more real ones, the more likely a page is of interest.


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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 were looking for. (Optionally, you can answer the new question, too.) If you want to help folks find the new question, you can try to include terms and phrases ...


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Probably not directly. I don't think for most part, search engines are aware of the conventions of SE, and even if they were, having a question with a current bounty (or a past) bounty getting promoted dosen't logically make sense People also are likely to be searching by question not answers and search engines have their own ways of determining the most ...


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I think there are two things going on here. First, a tag which already appears in the question title itself won't be shown a the first word(s) in the page title; in those cases, the second popular tag will be chosen (unless that is in the title as well, etc.). That doesn't explain what is going on for this question, but I guess something else is going on ...


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While generally OK, I have found that it sometimes depends on the site. I have ran into similar issues, on another Stack Exchange site, and asked in their relevant Meta site. In regards to both title and content edits, I was told that changes to improve any part of the question were not acceptable if the question meets both elements of the following ...


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See: Why does Google index pages of my blog in seconds, while pages on the rest of the website take longer to get indexed When something appears in Google in seconds, it is generally because there is something notifying Google about this new content. http://pingomatic.com/ is a service that can be used for this purpose. WordPress integrates with it by ...


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I have a compromise to propose. It seems that adding the tag in can be helpful for SEO on many sites. Unfortunately, it detracts from user experience for other sites. So, how about moving it to the end? This way, we still get that important SEO juice, while letting more of the question title be seen when it gets cropped (such as in search results, or tab ...


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http://www.blogosfera.co.uk/2013/03/how-dangerous-is-it-to-access-an-array-out-of-bounds/ is an unattributed copy of the Stack Overflow question How dangerous is it to access an array out of bounds? I found it via a simple Google search for the title "How dangerous is it to access an array out of bounds?". There's no mention of Stack Overflow on the page ...


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hows.info Ruby openssl dgst -sha1 -sign was the search term. While it's not necessarily above the fold, this is an obscure enough search that there are few meaningful result subject lines, and one of them was hows.info copy of the same article on so. Original image link: http://twitpic.com/cefqjg


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