[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #5168: Noindex stale plugin peripherals

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Tue May 26 07:25:20 UTC 2020

#5168: Noindex stale plugin peripherals
 Reporter:  jonoaldersonwp  |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect          |      Status:  new
 Priority:  high            |   Milestone:
Component:  Support Forums  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  seo             |

Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 Frankly, I find it more than a little frustrating that you're dismissive
 of this purely because you don't like (or understand? or care about?) SEO.
 This is a real issue, whether you like it or not. I've invested time,
 energy and expertise in identifying it as such, and proposing a solution
 which I think is suitable.

 I'm more than happy to accept that:
 - A fix might be technically complicated (perhaps prohibitively so),
 - We need to consider issues and side-effects with discoverability of
 valid content, and/or;
 - We need to consider the impact on internal site search.


 - Our search budget problem isn't imaginary. Google currently has a queue
 of tens-of-thousands of URLs across the support forum which it hasn't even
 crawled, and multiples of that which it's crawled and deemed too low value
 to index.

 - This is a serious problem, which affects the performance of the whole

 - Google being able to effectively crawl and index the site relates
 directly to the quality of the user experience of 'average users' - the
 millions of people who search around things which we have content for, as
 it determines how likely they are to end up on the best page for their
 query (or if wordpress.org shows up at all).

 - Internal site search is continually a point of contention because of how
 crap the results are. That's because of issues like this.

 I'm asking you to take a leap of faith, and to assume that the work I've
 put into opening this ticket was significant, considered, and justified.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5168#comment:9>
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