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Re^3: Questions on Perlmonks

by LanX (Cardinal)
on Feb 07, 2018 at 13:28 UTC ( #1208630=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Questions on Perlmonks
in thread Questions on Perlmonks

> Search engines still put PM nodes at the top of the results,

Minor nitpick: I've been told that search engines prioritize according to recorded preferences of individual users.

A heavy user of SO would see those hits listed first.

Though I've never checked if that's true.

Cheers Rolf
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Re^4: Questions on Perlmonks
by dsheroh (Monsignor) on Feb 08, 2018 at 08:00 UTC
    I'm active on both PM and SO, plus several other StackExchange sites, and your hypothesis appears to be correct. I very frequently get SO/SE links near the top of my search results for technical questions, but I can't recall the last time Google (or DuckDuckGo) showed me a link to PM.

    OTOH, though, the technical questions I do general searches on generally aren't Perl-specific. When I have Perl questions, I tend to go straight to searching "<relevant bits of syntax> perldoc", which will bypass both SO and PM. So I guess my experience may not be representative of what a rookie Perl user would see.

Re^4: Questions on Perlmonks
by QM (Parson) on Mar 20, 2018 at 10:08 UTC
    I've been told that search engines prioritize according to recorded preferences of individual users.
    This is a good point.

    I try to hit the sweet spot of specificity and generality when searching. Sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I have to work at it to get the right search words. But I'll take this into consideration, and search anonymously, to see if that helps.

    -QM
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