WTF is up with Google delisting .org for .com ?

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#1 by kamala
2021-01-03 at 17:02
< report >I'm not always good at remembering extensions and browse in private video so URLs aren't remember and rely on search engines...

So I type in VNDB and the first result is "VNDb | The Visual Novel Database | Visual Novel Games ..." so naturally I click it...

but it's not here at .org it's some impersonation site at the .com extension!

Why is it listed FIRST and .org doesn't even show up?

Google is acting really fishy lately, I google "Paheal" and it doesn't even show that website either.

It's like they're delisting anything that has sex scenes in it?

It seems very extreme doing it here though because unlike Paheal where that's out in the open, this has them hidden by default and you need to register and opt-in to see the lewd screenshots.Last modified on 2021-01-03 at 17:04
#2 by yorhel
2021-01-03 at 17:09
< report >Yes, it's because we're a porn site and the .com site has put more effort into SEO. It's also because Google sucks. I'm doubtful that we're going to get that ranking fixed by requiring an account to see lewd stuff, getting rid of that porn site label is likely going to be very hard.

What I did have in mind (for quite a while) is to create a separate domain with the same VNDB, just with the porn removed. Problem is: how will we ever get that new domain ranked in the search results? Google punishes sites that seem like copies of existing sites, and without lots of backlinks it's just not going to gain rank.

So basically, we're fucked. The result of an increasingly prude internet.

(On the other hand, if this convinces even a few people to stop relying on Google for everything, then maybe it's not even so bad after all. Not like other search engines are much better, though...)Last modified on 2021-01-03 at 17:15
#3 by kiru
2021-01-03 at 18:48
< report >I just googled vndb, and vndb.org is the first result. No com. Heck even some github site and english wiki thingy appears before the .com

Google has a lot of ways deciding what's for you.
#4 by mondblut
2021-01-03 at 19:05
< report >I also get the correct .org domain as the first result when using google. Perhaps it's region specific what gets filtered out? I'm from Germany.Last modified on 2021-01-03 at 19:05
#5 by trickzzter
2021-01-03 at 19:29
< report >It's .org for me too. Didn't know that vndb.com even existed, lol.
#6 by beliar
2021-01-03 at 19:31
< report >I get org in the first result, but com in the second. Not that strange, considering who's squatting the com domain...
#7 by gvbn
2021-01-03 at 19:54
< report >vndb.org gets filtered if you have safe search enabled in the settings.
#8 by mutsuki
2021-01-04 at 02:50
< report >org (for orgy because this is a porn site) in the top link and com (for communism because it doesn't work) in the third

the second is some github page for an vndb for android clientLast modified on 2021-01-04 at 02:52
#9 by kiru
2021-01-04 at 08:17
< report >Most people who play VNs probably don't have safe search enabled. That'd be very counter intuitive. And if you somehow do, not sure if vndb is the place you want to be.
#10 by mondblut
2021-01-04 at 09:41
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Not that strange, considering who's squatting the com domain...

Didn't even know the .com domain existed. What's the background story to this?Last modified on 2021-01-04 at 10:10
#11 by mcmullengage
2021-01-08 at 00:12
< report >It makes sense if .com is shown when Safe search is on. You are not supposed to see any explict content when it is on.
#12 by kamala
2021-01-10 at 05:57
< report >GVBN is correct, somehow Safe Search was enabled. I turned it off, no idea how it got switched on

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