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Old 4th February 2018, 09:44 AM   #81
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I don't think I agree with that article - SEO by sites really doesn't work any more, most of the tricks that used to work have been rendered useless by Google's continuing algorithm changes. People continue to sell SEO to naive web designers though.
What skews results is deliberate filtering by the search engines themselves - directing traffic where they want it to go. So, the only non gooogle SEO that works is persuading google to do it, that takes a lot of cash spend on advertising.
It's also skewed by the "learning" processes used. These used to be tuned but I don't think they are any more, so garbage in tends to self prioritise if clicked on a lot...
Try using anonymised searches: log out of accounts, block your IP with an anonymous VPN, use startpage or other benign search front end...
A lot of people also do not use google - none of the youngsters (meaning, non tech staff under 25) in our office have a clue how to use it, and get most of their search info via facepalm, blogs, and similar social nets.
Google has also become too big for it's own good. Maps is becoming increasingly useless, there are many errors on the map even in my small part of the world; used to be if you reported errors they got fixed but now they just ignore error reports.
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Old 4th February 2018, 10:05 AM   #82
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Facepalm? Is that the thing on Twitter? What if I don't want to use social media?
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Old 14th February 2018, 08:21 AM   #83
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Does all of this really matter? I think the real point here about simple questions is not the fact that they are being asked, but the fact that they often come as a one liner, without any context or any indication that anyone has put any effort in finding a solution. If google is the best tool or not does not matter. At least you want to know what the guy/girl asking the question already tried to find an answer, and often more important: why do you want to know.. Very much often I see long winded answers to these questions, and after a few posts it turns out a completely different question needs to be answered.

So yes, you want to know why the question is asked, what answers were already found and why they were not satisfactory (enough). That gives you some context, makes you better understand the actual question, gives an indication of the knowledge level and shows that someone is serious enough to put some effort in finding an answer.
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Old 14th February 2018, 05:18 PM   #84
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Yes but I think its safe to say that if someone comes on here asking questions like:

What is the color of blue?
What is color?
Why do cats scratch my nose?
What is the meaning of life?

That they are a dog on the internet and not a human at all.
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Old 14th February 2018, 05:28 PM   #85
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As far as I'm aware we are the only species confussed enough to imagine there is a meaning to life
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Old 14th February 2018, 05:35 PM   #86
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We could ask Mr Creosote...
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Old 15th February 2018, 09:17 PM   #87
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I also used Metacrawler a lot in the 90's.

... Thought this was a "noobs unite!" forum, like Noobs uniting to form a decentralized mass of subjectively based and heavily opinionated information/kindofthing. And now there's people claiming there are experts about? I dunno about this, my mum would probably start rattling on about illuminati by now, saying something about the NSA increasing field strength on wireless transmitters to fry the brains of the Enlightened.

I do not mind basic questions, I have quite a few of those:
Where is Pink?
Is LM3886 a color code?
How does a BJT feel?
Electrolyte caps in Gatorade?
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Old 15th February 2018, 10:31 PM   #88
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I Electrolyte caps in Gatorade?
no, gatorade in electrolytic caps
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Old 16th February 2018, 06:03 AM   #89
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Ahhh. I get it!
So that's why they are leaking?
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Old 17th February 2018, 08:37 PM   #90
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If there was any point at all in my previous posts it was:
I'm feeling free to ask stupid questions myself, and I hope everyone else does too. If we are afraid to ask about the basics, then maybe we are afraid to ask more advanced questions also, and everyone loses. What if someone asks a basic question that noone has ever thought of before?
The community benefits from people taking an interest, if it weren't for the questions and the desire for knowledge, there would not be a fantastic forum such as this.

If there is some person here, that has answers to my silly questions, and even bothers enough to post an answer to it. I will be happy, and I might stumble over a basic question from someone else that I have learned the answer to, maybe even through gained knowledge from a previous information exchange on this glorious forum.
And it might not be much at all, but I really do think it makes the world a better place, helping each other out, even if it's just a tiny little bit. If we stop spending time on the basics, giving a tiny portion of our time to others, maybe we will actually lose something valuable.
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