Google Webmaster Tools does not like topics description


(Camille Roux) #1

All the topics have the same meta description and GWT doesn’t like it:

What about using an excerpt of the topic content instead?


(Jeff Atwood) #2

I agree with this, @neil can you make it so meta description on topic pages uses the excerpt function (same one we use for pinned topics) for the meta description?

I know we did this for category pages with the category description courtesy of @djensen47’s suggestion and it worked great.


(Neil Lalonde) #3

We already do that. Have a look. What is GWT complaining about?


(Jeff Atwood) #4

I don’t think we do… I visited this topic with JavaScript disabled and I see

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" class="desktop-view not-mobile-device">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Google Webmaster Tools does not like topics description - Discourse Meta</title>
    <meta content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" name="viewport">
    <meta content="Feedback forum for the next-generation open source Discourse forum software" name="description">
    <meta content="" name="author">

I don’t think having the same description here on every Topic page is a good idea?


(Jeff Atwood) #5

Hmm we might have a regression on the category page as well, when I visit /category/bug I see

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" class="desktop-view not-mobile-device">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>bug Topics - Discourse Meta</title>
    <meta content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" name="viewport">
    <meta content="Feedback forum for the next-generation open source Discourse forum software" name="description">
    <meta content="" name="author">

I’m 99.99% sure the Description field here should be the category description…


(Neil Lalonde) #6

Oh I’m dumb, I had RSS on the brain. I was looking at RSS for some reason…


(Jeff Atwood) #7

Yeah let’s make sure these descriptions are actually excerpts on topics. And particularly on the categories, the description should be the standard category description.


(Neil Lalonde) #8

Done and done. Enjoy, crawlers.


(Jeff Atwood) #9

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