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(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages
Vanity by Yossarian | 5/23/14 | Yossarian

Posted on 05/23/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT by Yossarian

Free Republic is a great resource to visit and browse, but it also is valuable to use as a searchable resource. It is very useful to see what FReepers have to say on various subjects, as we come from wide array of backgrounds, and have lived practical lives in the very-real world.

Hence, one of the ways I access FR is via Google's search engine. I do a search, but specify to ONLY get results from Free Republic by appending "site:freerepublic.com" to the search term(s). In the past, this would guide me to the pages hosted on freerepublic.com, full of FReeper commentary, and this would help inform me on various topics.

HOWEVER, this recently has changed. Now, when I perform the same kind of site-restricted search, the results I get from Google look the same as before, showing links that should take one to freerepublic.com. However, when one clicks on the link, it brings up FR's "redirect to an external website" mechanism. As a result, it takes me to the external web page of the article being discussed, rather than the Free Republic-hosted page full of FReeper commentary on the article.

The end effect is EXTREMELY maddening: it effectively silences FReeper commentary. So far, I only see this affecting freerepublic.com - corresponding checks on dailykos.com, or democraticunderground.com do NOT lead to unexpected forwarding to the external article that is the item of discussion.

Are other people seeing this problem? What is an effective fix (beyond using a different search engine)? Can JohnRob fix this?

Thanks much for your time,

Yossarian
old-timer


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KEYWORDS: americanisbad; bigisbad; falsealarm; freerepublic; google; incompetence; paranoidparanoia; search; stupidaintpolitical
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1 posted on 05/23/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Yossarian

google=Ministry of Truth


2 posted on 05/23/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Yossarian

Works ‘fine’ for me. But, I don’t have a base level to compare previous searches with.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 10:15:06 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Yossarian

ONLY get results from Free Republic by appending “site:freerepublic.com”

Still working for me, same as always.

You may want to be scanning for Malware at this point.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yossarian

Sounds to me more like a technical glitch than intentional...but nowadays....who knows.......


5 posted on 05/23/2014 10:17:03 AM PDT by NYAmerican
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To: Yossarian

So I put in “Site:freerepublic.com no longer linking”, and this thread is the first item on the list


6 posted on 05/23/2014 10:17:23 AM PDT by dfwright (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left (Eccl. 10:2, NIV))
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To: Yossarian

I only needed to type “free rep” and a link to Free Republic popped up at the top of the search results.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 10:17:53 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Yossarian

The Florida Department of Children (whatever they’re calling it this month) is a monument to government mismanagement. I wrote about it on FR some years ago and at that time was able to find records of the many missing and murdered children, events which occurred while in “protective” custody. But now there is no trace of those records. I know somebody who currently works for them and he said a recent government report says they’re missing some 450 children of the 44,000 in custody. They are seldom missing fewer than this number. But I was unable to find anything on Google.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 10:18:09 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Yossarian

Are you logged in? :=)


9 posted on 05/23/2014 10:18:20 AM PDT by Bob
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To: NYAmerican

I watched in mounting horror as google systematically “disappeared” half a million hits of searches for images of “obama birth certificate” in mid-July 2008.

It was no “technical glitch” then.


10 posted on 05/23/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Yossarian
They can't STAND the TRUTH !

May I recommend www.dogpile.com as your default search engine ?
11 posted on 05/23/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yossarian

Happening for me too. The results come up but they lead to the redirect page rather than the story on freerepublic.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 10:26:06 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: Yossarian

Works fine for me.


13 posted on 05/23/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Yossarian

Bing search still links to Free Republic threads


14 posted on 05/23/2014 10:27:42 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: BinaryBoy

You need to search for Malware on your computer. The problem is not with google as I and several others here have it working.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 10:28:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yossarian
I encountered the same problem minutes ago, when I was logged out of my gmail user account and googled key terms including the site:freerepublic.com qualifier. I use that site restriction method occasionally as well for freerepublic, but today I saw that a high percentage of results were links to the redirectors, like you said.

Thankfully, I found that using site:freerepublic.com/focus instead seemed to clean the results from all the redirector links. Unfortunately, that might exclude some results that you'd rather keep. I think you might get a fuller picure if you also do separate search using site:freerepublic.com/tag

Unfortunately, I'm not sure there's a way to combine two "site:. . . ." restrictions in the same search.
16 posted on 05/23/2014 10:30:24 AM PDT by ecinkc (I'm liking Ben Carson as the clear-voiced, principled outsider. Whatever happens, no NOT Jeb! Never!)
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To: Yossarian

I just did a search on “Yossarian site:freerepublic.com” and it came up with 67,800 results.

I haven’t had time to check all 67k, but the first page of links go right to FReerepublic.com.


17 posted on 05/23/2014 10:31:16 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Yossarian

Works for me.

Google your own name and see what comes up!

“yossarian site:freerepublic.com”


18 posted on 05/23/2014 10:31:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Yossarian

If one types a Headline...form FR into google search the return is startling fast ..and up to the minute

(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages ...got me this thread in less than three seconds


19 posted on 05/23/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Red Badger

http://www.freerepublic.com/~meshugemikey/

mine came up immediately


20 posted on 05/23/2014 10:33:25 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: null and void

It still works...............

21 posted on 05/23/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Yossarian

Try it without the “site:freerepublic.com”.

I just tested: al gore freerepublic.com

Worked fine, but with the word “site:” Google went directly to the article page.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 10:34:32 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: thackney

My results so far have been mixed: in some cases it goes to the original thread on FR, in others it goes to the page containing the referenced article. Interesting.


23 posted on 05/23/2014 10:43:48 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Yossarian

Yes, I have noticed that some false results this last week that have been planted often at the very top. I now have to look at the URL under the results to make sure it is freerepublic.com as the lead URL... and even then I have been redirected to unrelated web sites that are about as conservative as the general Berkley university student.

PS. this computer is 100% STD clean of any malware/adware/trash as some have suggested as the possible problem. I run a clean ship.


24 posted on 05/23/2014 10:44:05 AM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: Yossarian

Works for me................


25 posted on 05/23/2014 10:46:13 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: Yossarian

Why in the heck are you using Google? Google is the devil.


26 posted on 05/23/2014 10:46:27 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: null and void

Someone should give the search syntax for other engines.


27 posted on 05/23/2014 10:46:39 AM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: Yossarian

I hated having FR pages show up on google. Probably because 90% of the time I’m googling it’s for a discussion on FR and unfortunately often the very thread I’m discussing on wound up the first page. Rather inconvenient that.


28 posted on 05/23/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: BinaryBoy; Yossarian
Try adding -redirect
29 posted on 05/23/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: dfwright
So I put in “Site:freerepublic.com no longer linking”, and this thread is the first item on the list

That it would pick up this thread so quickly on google ought to be of itself a cause for concern.

Why would google have such up to date information about the commentary on Free Republic?

30 posted on 05/23/2014 10:51:46 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: BinaryBoy; Yossarian
Happening for me too. The results come up but they lead to the redirect page rather than the story on freerepublic.

You get BOTH the freereublic page, AND the redirect link leading to the linked site. You have to look at the URL you are about to click to.

31 posted on 05/23/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Theoria

I put your exact post in google and hit this thread...

www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3159410/posts

It’s scary amazing how fast their spiders crawl sometimes.


32 posted on 05/23/2014 10:53:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: null and void
I watched in mounting horror as google systematically “disappeared” half a million hits of searches for images of “obama birth certificate” in mid-July 2008.

Do not doubt for a moment that google is part of the deliberate Liberal propaganda apparatus. It's ran out of California and i'll wager it employees 90% Liberal Democrats. For a company who's motto is "do no evil", I regard them as probably the most evil corporation which has ever existed.

Google will become the "Skynet" network from which the Government "Terminators" will get much of their information.

33 posted on 05/23/2014 10:55:04 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: Yossarian

Yeppers. I’ve noticed this for a month or two now.

Not every time. But it does happen. Either Google wants to direct traffic from site:freerepublic.com or they have dumbed down and screwed up another search function.

Either scenario is possible.


34 posted on 05/23/2014 10:57:03 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: DiogenesLamp

It’s a search engine. It should be current. I’d be concerned if it weren’t.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 10:57:50 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: discostu
Add -[seachterm] to exclude what you don't want.
36 posted on 05/23/2014 11:06:02 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: DiogenesLamp; null and void

History belongs to those who write it.

And as Google and the bassturds in the Media scrub and delete any and all articles that they don’t want us to see; it will become impossible to prove what we all saw with our very eyes.

Do you think our grandchildren will actually believe the truths behind 9/11? Will they be taught it? In a few years when you Google 9/11 will you find any mention of the word muslim or islam?

I’m surprised that Google even allows Free Republic to be mentioned right now. We are a hate group, right?


37 posted on 05/23/2014 11:06:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This was happening to me so I switched to bing!!!


38 posted on 05/23/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Yossarian

Is google evil ?


39 posted on 05/23/2014 11:46:20 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
It’s a search engine. It should be current. I’d be concerned if it weren’t.

Current to the hour, or even the minute? How about as fast as you've typed something?

My understanding is that Google uses "googlebots" (a computer dedicated to searching for information on web pages) to read data that has been posted on a page, and then incorporate it into Google's database. It is also my understanding that you have to have read the data before you can return it in a search.

That this thread, which was created today, is already in Google's database, implies that Google has a searchbot parked here at Free Republic, which implies that Free Republic is getting more than the usual or ordinary scrutiny from Google.

Do you think they park a Googlebot at every website in the world? I noticed that minutes after I typed something over at "Ace of Spades", I accidentally did a search on what I had just typed (My copy and paste didn't work properly, the buffer hadn't cleared from what I had previously typed) and did you know that google returned a link to the very web page I had just finished typing that on?

Again, this is only possible if they have a googlebot parked on Ace of Spades, dutifully relaying everything typed there.

If you don't see this as ominous, I do not know how to make it clearer as to why it is.

40 posted on 05/23/2014 11:48:48 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: MrB
It’s scary amazing how fast their spiders crawl sometimes.

Perhaps Google = NSA.

41 posted on 05/23/2014 11:49:03 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’m surprised that Google even allows Free Republic to be mentioned right now. We are a hate group, right?

As far as Left Wing google is concerned, I suspect so.

42 posted on 05/23/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: george76
Is google evil ?

Very.

43 posted on 05/23/2014 11:50:21 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: Yossarian
Not quite true.

Article I posted two days ago on FR "From the ash heap of history" still shows up on Google (with that title in quotes); fifth entry down the page.

http://www.google.com/search?ie=ISO-8859-1&hl=en&source=hp&q=%22the+ash+heap+of+history%22&gbv=1&oq=%22the+ash+heap+of+history%22&gs_l=heirloom-hp.12...4301.10427.0.12111.25.2.0.23.0.0.1497.2297.6-1j1.2.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-hp..24.1.1497.68vgqdTc1uI

44 posted on 05/23/2014 11:55:18 AM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Yossarian

Don’t use Google for anything. I set Free Republic as my home page, and use Bing for other stuff. Google is bad, m’kay?


45 posted on 05/23/2014 12:14:44 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Yossarian

Google Advanced Search is working fine for me.

This search “(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages site:freerepublic.com” takes me right to this article. But you don’t have a linked article.

This search “A Vision that Hasn’t Aged Well site:freerepublic.com” takes me to the correct FR page, not the linked article at Townhall.com.


46 posted on 05/23/2014 12:21:42 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

I had switched to Bing earlier this year. I find that only by using BOTH Bing and Google together can I do an effective search - both have holes.

Time to go back to Bing as primary, or try an “alternative” like dogpile.....


47 posted on 05/23/2014 12:23:35 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Yossarian; Oldeconomybuyer
See reply #22

It was doing for me what it was doing for you when 'site:' was included, but when it's omitted it works fine.

That being said, Gargle is EVIL, and should only be used as a last resort.

And even then with ALL your AdBlock/Ghostery/etc shields deployed.

48 posted on 05/23/2014 12:24:15 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: DiogenesLamp
It's software not a conspiracy. Your actions contribute directly to the search results.


49 posted on 05/23/2014 12:26:06 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: tomkat

Which search engine do you use?

I have been trying to remember what I used to use. Hmmmm .... brain doesn’t want to co-operate.


50 posted on 05/23/2014 12:26:13 PM PDT by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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