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Blekko Partners with Stack Overflow for Programming Queries

Blekko Looks to Boost Programmer Search Quality

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Blekko just announced it is now using the Stack Overflow community to help improve and maintain programming-related slashtags for its search engine. Stack Overflow, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a programming Q&A site built by programmers for other programmers. 

Stack Overflow, a representative for Blekko tells WebProNews, has "quickly risen to become the pre-eminent programmer community on the Web and will now help Blekko return only the most relevant programming search results."

"This is just another one of Blekko’s search partnerships (following DuckDuckGo in November) and more in the pike," she adds.

"At Blekko, we pride ourselves in returning the very best results in specific verticals by eliminating spam," says Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta. "We turned to the experts at Stack Overflow to help us edit all of these tags and curate the best programming search verticals out there."

Watch our recent interview with Skrenta:

"Stack Overflow is designed to provide programmers with the best, fastest answers from their peers," said Jeff Atwood, CTO of Stack Overflow. "We’re collaboratively built and maintained by people who write code because they love it and are thrilled to share this knowledge with Blekko’s community by offering up our most trusted contributors to curate only the best results."

Blekko recently banned 20 content farms from its index, and is clearly placing a heavy emphasis on providing quality search results. DuckDuckGo is following a similar path, by "hard-wiring" in zero-click answers to a number of queries from 40 different sources. More on that here

Meanwhile, Google released a new Chrome extension to try and crowdsource part of its own search quality strategy.  

Blekko Partners with Stack Overflow for Programming Queries
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    That is probably a really good move. I don’t know that community very well, but harvesting the ranking signals of a such a large community seems like a really smart move.

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