Is there a place to file Google bugs? I couldn’t find one, so here is a report I uploaded to the cloud.
Description of the problem: Google returns feed URLs in search results. These are rarely helpful to searchers in general, but downright mystifying to those who don’t know or care what feeds are in the first place. When using the main Google search interface, I’d imagine that feeds are not high on the list of desired results for most users.
Steps to reproduce the problem: Google for “wordpress mysqli”, and look at the second primary result (your milage may vary, considering Google’s various customisations of search results).
Actual results: Feeds appear in Google search results, sometimes even prioritised over their html document parents! I took a screenshot to illustrate:
Expected results: Removing the feeds altogether might be over the top — it depends, of course, on the context of the search and the feed. But where they might be useful, Google could provide one of its signature unexpectedly awesome features. Maybe something like this (though I probably should’ve snipped the summary in this case):
How often does this happen? All the fucking time!
But I still love you guys.