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Google Search is Highlighting Accepted Answers from Stack Overflow

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Google Search is Highlighting Accepted Answers from Stack Overflow

Google has been spotted highlighting answers from Stack Overflow in search results, which may either be a new feature or simply a test in progress.

Multiple people have reported seeing this possible new feature, but it was first brought to my attention by a thread on Reddit. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like:

Stack Overflow is a Q&A community for developers, and there are two ways that answers from the site are being highlighted in search results.

According to the screenshot, if a question only has one answer then it will receive its own dedicated answer box spanning the width of the search results page.

If a question has more than one answer, then they will be displayed in the form of a carousel with the most upvoted response highlighted as the “Best Answer.”

On one hand, this could have a negative impact on traffic to Stack Overflow if searchers get the information they need in the answer boxes.

On the other hand, it could encourage more click-throughs to Stack Overflow if searchers like what they see and want to read more.

I have not been able to replicate this feature using any of my daily drivers (MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, iPhone X), which leads me to believe it is a limited test that not everyone has access to. Either that, or it may only be available in US search results.

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Matt Southern

Matt Southern

Lead News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt Southern has been the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal since 2013. His passion for helping people in ... [Read full bio]

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