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One thing to consider here is, who is it that Google is failing? They're failing you, as the owner of Stack Overflow, because you want and expect (and have every reason to expect, based on the guidelines you quote) that your results should show up before scraped results. But are the failing their users, who are looking for content? I don't think so. If I'm searching for something that has a result on Stack Overflow, then I'm looking for the content of that page. If the scraped page has all that same content, then I can find what I'm looking at, whether I go to stackoverflow.com or hijackstackoverflowtraffic.com. As a random user who is not part of the SO community, why would I care which site I find it on? I haven't personally observed this with SO, but I see it all the time with mailing list archives. I don't care whether the archive link that comes up first is the site that officially owns the mailing list or some other random site. As long as they have the messages in a readable format, I can find the answer I'm looking for.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2011 on Trouble In the House of Google at Coding Horror
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