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Old 01-05-09, 03:17 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

Pretty annoying. Highly, actually. Some titles are worse than others.

Putting it in a single h1 tag towards the top would be more effective in my opinion than spamming every post with it for keyword reach.

The little inline image that you have with alt tag isn't a bad idea either.

But it seems like overkill to negatively impact the user experience in the interest of SEO. There are plenty of good alternatives.
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Old 01-05-09, 03:18 PM
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Can they be made not-bold?

And/or hidden as a user option?
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what's different from before?
The little arrow that sends you to the quoted post.
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Old 01-05-09, 03:26 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titties in posts?

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But it seems like overkill to negatively impact the user experience in the interest of SEO. There are plenty of good alternatives.
Repeating the same word/phrase isn't going to help SEO results, I don't think.
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Re: Hello, I'm a title!

I have to go with they make the screen too busy. I'd go without them if there was a user CP function to turn them off. That way you can still get your keyword density credits and my eyes won't have to deal with the titles.
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Old 01-05-09, 03:35 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

Yeah, it's hard to know what thread I'm in when I use tabs.

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Old 01-05-09, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by VinVega View Post
I have to go with they make the screen too busy. I'd go without them if there was a user CP function to turn them off. That way you can still get your keyword density credits and my eyes won't have to deal with the titles.
They probably wouldn't be so objectionable if they weren't bolded.
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

These changes both excite and scare me.
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Old 01-05-09, 03:58 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

I don't like them either. Not a huge deal, but a mild annoyance. The quoted post thing is cool though.
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Old 01-05-09, 04:07 PM
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Is there anyway the titles can be put in the blue header of the post (and not bolded)? That would be win-win-win. Or can they be in white, so the search engines will see them, but we don't have to?
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I can't find the Sex with Hippos thread.
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

Good advice, if you want to get blacklisted by google.
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I can't find the Sex with Hippos thread.
It's a non-premium only feature.
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Old 01-05-09, 04:11 PM
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The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopotamos

ιππος hippos meaning "horse" and πόταμος potamus meaning "river"), often shortened to "hippo", is a large, mostly plant-eating African mammal, one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other being the Pygmy Hippopotamus). It is the heaviest extant artiodactyl, though quite a bit shorter than the Giraffe.

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Is there anyway the titles can be put in the blue header of the post (and not bolded)? That would be win-win-win. Or can they be in white, so the search engines will see them, but we don't have to?
I was just thinking that. Visually, any text breaks up the thread. Signatures are bad enough, but we've trained ourself to go to the blue line and read what's after that. It just makes it visually cluttered.

Avatars don't really do that since they are way on the left and don't break up the flow of the thread. On the other hand, I think they make it easier to quickly visually identify who is posting something (provided people keep their avatars for a long enough time).
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Old 01-05-09, 04:13 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

Add me to the list of those who finds it very annoying, especially when bolded like that.
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Re: The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopotam

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ιππος hippos
I'm just quoting this because I forgot what thread I'm in and I need to see the thread title at the top of my own post to find out.

Oh, that's right.
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Why not replace the bolded script with some additional useful keywords, if it's being done for the benefit of Google and search engines and not the users?
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Re: What's with the automatic titties in posts?

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Add me to the list of those who finds it very annoying, especially when bolded like that.
I think even unbolded they would be sort of a wreck.
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Old 01-05-09, 04:16 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

I'm not really bothered by it.
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Why not replace the bolded script with some additional useful keywords, if it's being done for the benefit of Google and search engines and not the users?
Good call.
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Re: The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopotam

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I was just thinking that. Visually, any text breaks up the thread. Signatures are bad enough, but we've trained ourself to go to the blue line and read what's after that. It just makes it visually cluttered.

Avatars don't really do that since they are way on the left and don't break up the flow of the thread. On the other hand, I think they make it easier to quickly visually identify who is posting something (provided people keep their avatars for a long enough time).
Agreed, although I refuse to admit i've been trained to do anything.

Agree about the Avatars though, i've gotten used to scanning for my Lakers logo to find my post quickly.
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

They've finally found something I can't adblock.
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Yep....

....this is annoying. I'm guessing that I'll still forget to delete it from my posts 90% of the time.
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Old 01-05-09, 04:29 PM
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Re: What's with the automatic titles in posts?

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Repeating the same word/phrase isn't going to help SEO results, I don't think.
It depends on how you do it, but it *can* help if done properly.

Originally Posted by VinVega View Post
I have to go with they make the screen too busy. I'd go without them if there was a user CP function to turn them off. That way you can still get your keyword density credits and my eyes won't have to deal with the titles.
That would be an ideal solution, and one that we might consider if the decision is made that they benefit the sites SEO. Since we haven't collected enough data on it, we can't it allocate dev time.

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Yeah, it's hard to know what thread I'm in when I use tabs.

LOL. That was my exact reaction, but I don't consider myself one of those gurus, and there are many users out there that are less savvy than the average bear.
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They probably wouldn't be so objectionable if they weren't bolded.
Them being bolded does help with SEO, but I think unbolding them would be acceptable.

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Is there anyway the titles can be put in the blue header of the post (and not bolded)? That would be win-win-win. Or can they be in white, so the search engines will see them, but we don't have to?
Moving them into the blue is possible, but I think the loss of that whitespace (or bluespace in this instance) would have a negative impact on the forum. It would also be a template hack, which make software upgrades more tedious. Also, text that's the same color as the background (called "hidden text") is a great way to get banned from google, as pointed out by Thor.

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I can't find the Sex with Hippos thread.
Me either. Although it's a great distraction from what's going on in this thread.....
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