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Dates for old questions in Google search

Was searching in Google today and was surprised it found several posts dated October 2016. But when I opened them (exhibit A), they were actually old 2009 questions. There is no visible sign of update after 2009, so I'm wondering what gives?

I guess this has something to do with moving old stuff to Archive, but then only some posts have a wrong date, many others correctly show earlier dates.

Unfortunately, this seriously skews the Google search results as I always look for newer posts when it comes to ABAP questions. What was true in 2009 is sometimes no longer valid in 2017.

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  • Nov 09, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Wow this is concerning.. especially because I guess most people rather use google as search engine for SCN related stuff than SCN search itself.

    My modus operandi is always google... subject.... + site:sap.com

    And just adding to your findings, when you include the date filter those results do not come up.

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    • I do the same thing, that's why it was alarming. I don't use SCN search because Google is faster and easier. Also if I don't find anything with "site" addition, I just remove it to search elsewhere on the same screen. It's much more efficient IMHO.

  • Nov 10, 2017 at 09:02 AM

    No an expert on the topic (I rarely use Google for searching), but there is a difference in displayed dates for the same discussions depending on the usage of site: operator.

    Without site: operator:

    With site: operator:

    The discussion that I marked is: https://archive.sap.com/discussions/thread/3926611

    From what I see the last update was on June, 30, 2016.

    I found an old discussion on the topic - Google Shows the Indexing Date for Each Search Result, where some noted that the feature had some flaws. Who knows, maybe this date display is still a problem.

    If this is a problem with Google itself I doubt that there is much that the IT team could do about it.

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