Google and wikis (was Re: [Mediawiki-l] logo only shows up on some pages)

Martin Jambon martin_jambon at
Fri Feb 10 20:32:52 UTC 2006

On Fri, 10 Feb 2006, Matt Morgan wrote:

> Side note: I'm new to MediaWiki, but I'm having a really hard time
> googling for help. If I include "MediaWiki" in the search string, the
> results seem to return every third wiki out there, rather than help
> about MediaWiki. Any tips there?

I also noticed serious flaws in the Google results when searching for some 
wikis. Google seems to have problems with the "wiki" keyword:

Shouldn't a search for `mediawiki wiki' (w/o quotes) return:

`mediawiki' alone works, so that's fine, but not expected.

I personally have a problem with the wiki I am running:
`bioinformatics wiki' should return some link to in 
the top ten Google results, if not first.

So I really don't know what I can do, I was used to much better results 
from Google for my non-wiki pages, without forcing anything. Does anyone 
have a similar experience? Any fix?


Martin Jambon, PhD

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