Re: [Rd] Adding a "description" meta-tag to the R homepage

From: Tal Galili <tal.galili_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2011 17:24:10 +0300

Hello Peter,

Here is what google says:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35264

<http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35264>
>
> We use *a number of different sources* for this information, including
> descriptive information in the META tag for each page. Where this
> information isn't available, we may use publicly available information from
> DMOZ. While accurate meta descriptions can improve clickthrough, they won't
> impact your ranking within search results.

By the way, here is a short post (
http://pineda-krch.com/2011/03/31/what-is-r-really/) suggesting that the one-line description of R should be:
"R is a free and open source environment for computational research and graphics."
I thought his claims might be of interest for this context.

With much respect,
Tal

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On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM, peter dalgaard <pdalgd_at_gmail.com> wrote:

>
> On Apr 1, 2011, at 08:49 , Tal Galili wrote:
>
> > Hello all,
> > I hope I'm writing to the correct place.
> >
> > I believe that the R homepage will benefit from including the
> "description"
> > meta tag in it's homepage.
> > The reason is that google uses that tag to decide what to show when the R
> > homepage shows up on a search result.
> > The current description of the first result of searching "R" in google
> is:
> >
> > "*R*, also called GNU S, is a strongly functional language and
> environment
> > to statistically explore data sets, make many graphical displays of data
> > from custom *..."*
> > *
> > *
> > This defention is truncated.
>
>
> Interesting. What's odd is that although that phrasing is used in multiple
> places on the net, it is not in the actual www.r-project.org/index.html,
> nor in any other "official" places that I can spot.
>
> However, what gets displayed for SAS and Stata is not what is in their
> description tags?
>
> SAS:
> <meta content="SAS Business Analytics software -- 30+ years of experience
> and 50,000+ customer sites worldwide. View success stories, analyst reports
> &amp; demos." name="description" />
>
> Stata:
> <meta name="description" content="Data Analysis and Statistical Software
> for Professionals" />
>
> What gives?
>
>
> >
> >
> > It seems that other statistical packages (and some known open source
> > projects) already noticed this. Here is what they write about themselves
> > (when searching for their name on google):
> >
> > - SAS: 50,000 Customer Sites Use SAS for CRM, BI, Analytics & More-Get
> > Info
> > - SPSS: Analytical Software at SPSS.com. Specializing in data mining,
> > customer relationship management, business intelligence and data
> analysis.
> > - JMP: JMP is statistical software for expert data analysis, DOE, and
> Six
> > Sigma, from SAS. For Mac, Windows, and Linux.
> > - Stata: Integrated statistical package for data analysis, data
> > management and graphics.
> > - Perl: The Perl Programming Language at Perl.org. Links and other
> > helpful resources for new and experienced Perl programmers.
> > - Matematica: Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica, the only fully
> > integrated technical computing software.
> > - It seems that Python, Ruby, and Matlab are not using any description
> > tag (and their google description is also truncated)
> >
> >
> > I hope this helps.
> >
> > Best,
> > Tal
> >
> >
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