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Odd results Bing vs Google[edit]

I had occasion to throw "wikimedia commons" into Bing and was suprised at the top result. It was for this site but one of the sub categories offered was an eyebrow raiser. Curious I tried the search with Google and got the same top result and most of the same sub categories. There was one major difference. Why does Bing identify "Penis" as a major sub category for Wikimedia Commons? Saffron Blaze (talk) 14:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

@Saffron Blaze: That's odd. Maybe we should no index that category? —Mono (how to reply) 00:19, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Mono: But it needs a community wide discussion. Pinging Trijnstel for opinion. Jee 03:19, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Do we understand why it is happening? If not, no-indexing the category would be premature ejaculation. It could simply be Microsoft thinks Commons is a bunch of dicks? Saffron Blaze (talk) 04:17, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
It's most likely due to being linked to from several outside sites. Personally, I would favor noindexing it as such search results make Commons far more likely to get censored by outside agencies (or prudish parents). See Lmzimm's comment at Category talk:Nude women for example. Kaldari (talk) 18:40, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
@Saffron Blaze: Thoughts? Kaldari (talk) 17:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@Kaldari: I tried turning on SafeSearch on Google, and submitting the query "nude women" This category did not show up (though it did, of course, prior to turning on SafeSearch). There was a small message that said: "The word "nude" has been filtered from the search because Google SafeSearch is active." So, I'm not sure if no-indexing this particular category offers any advantage over what people can achieve already with Google. (I'd guess that Bing works much the same way.) -Pete F (talk) 19:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@Peteforsyth: The issue isn't with searching for "nude women", but with searching for "wikimedia commons". If the first results returned by Google or Bing for "wikimedia commons" involve nude women, that's likely to raise some eyebrows and play into the hands of those who would prefer to block Wikimedia Commons entirely (schools, China, parents, etc.). (Not to mention just giving people the wrong impression of the site.) Kaldari (talk) 06:24, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that. I guess I don't feel confident enough in my understanding of what would motivate an entity to ban access to Commons, to have much of an opinion on this proposal. There are of course a lot of reasons somebody might search on this term, plenty of them legitimate -- so enabling "noindex" does seem like a pretty extreme step to me. I don't know the best path forward. Carry on... -Pete F (talk) 17:55, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

!Silesian Page![edit]

Hello, I have made a silesian main page: Przodńo_zajta, please add it to the box Krol111 (talk) 16:36, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done Yann (talk) 17:10, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

MOTD description[edit]

I can't edit it, but the description of the Media of the Day is incorrect:

"The video illustrates the behavior of the the propellers of a helicopter because of the effect soil produced by the wind which hit against the soil."

should be:

"This video illustrates the behavior of the propellers of a helicopter because of the ground effect produced by the wind hitting the ground."

--Slashme (talk) 19:34, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done, I'm wondering whether anyone ever reads these captions before they go live. --rimshottalk 20:58, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Pictures of the Year[edit]

I am finding "Pictures of the Year" on the main page now a bit repetitious, it was great to see immediately after the vote, but I see no point in it still being here now. Now it just lessens the impact of the picture of the day. Time to switch back to the original layout. --Tony Wills (talk) 04:20, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Ref Talk:Main_Page/Archive_4#Rotate_PotY_high_rankers.3F. Jee 05:02, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Just don't show this app ad forever again, please … Maybe the most recenlty promoted FP?    FDMS  4    07:34, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
My preference would be to remove any extra image from that location except to highlight something special (eg at the end of picture of the year selection). Picture of the day is to highlight our contents (POTD are all FPs, no sense in having another FP either), and it is detracted from by having another image next to it. Just move "Highlights" and "Contents" up instead. --Tony Wills (talk) 21:27, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
And now picture of the day and picture of the year is the same image. Can we switch it please? OhanaUnitedTalk page 22:11, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
I can echo the sentiments from several other editors. The POTY 2013 images have now for a long time now been repetitious to look at. I think it is time to remove them from the main page. --20:01, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, TheDJ! --Slaunger (talk) 15:42, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Pol-e Dokhtar Bridge[edit]

I'm not sure that it is the above bridge. Perhaps check that info. JMK (talk) 18:58, 4 August 2014 (UTC)