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Bug#289876: remove me from callwave, and then google me harder

On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:43:35AM +0100, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 02:40:41PM +0000, paddy wrote:
> > The remedy seems simple, and has already been brought to the attention of
> > debian-www without apparent comment in a posting currently archived at:
> > 
> > http://lists.debian.org/debian-www/2004/12/msg00331.html
> The comment does not actually include a page, I'm not going to waste my 
> time writting one. It might get included into the website if someone else 
> does it, though.
> Regards
> Javier


First of all, I'm not a DD - I don't know if this has any bearing, but I
thought I'd best get it up front.

I'd happily write such a page.  I imagine it should be as short and simple
as possible. How big is the manual I'm supposed to have read before I
can do this? Would something like the following help?

<TITLE> These are not the mailing lists you are looking for ... </TITLE>

<b>About the "Duelling Bajos effect"</b>

Sometimes people following links from search engines (and perhaps even links 
on pages on the internet) mistakenly identify debian mailing lists as
the places to ask about unrelated topics such as:

	Duelling Banjos

	Please remove me from callwave

	Hot Babes

No doubt these things get started by accident, but the repeated use of search
engines is believed to create a positive feedback loop:

	more and more people find links from these search terms to the
	lists and post there about them, only increasing the weighting 
	given in the search engine to debian as the destination.

<b>About this page</b>

This page exists to explain this phenomenom and provide links to the sort
after information.

In general, you can exclude debian from your seaches by simply negating 
debian in your search.

Here are some links:

<a href=http://www.google.com/search?q=duelling+banjos+-debian>duelling banjos</a?
<a href=http://www.google.com/search?q=remove+me+from+callwave+-debian>remove me from callwave</a>
<a href=http://www.google.com/search?q=hot+babes+-debian>hot babes</a>

If you have an interesting or informative story to share about your experiences
with the duelling banjos effect you can mailto: search_harder@debian.org


(probably those <b> should be headers)

Perhaps it doesn't need to be a page on it's own, and could form part of an
FAQ.  I do not know how this would interact with search engine weighting.
For that matter, putting up a page such as I suggest might make things worse.
I do not pretend to know.

Perl 6 will give you the big knob. -- Larry Wall

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