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April 19, 2002 10:00 AM   Subscribe

God gets nuked. Do a Google search for God and what comes up first... PHP-Nuke of all things. As the always eloquent John Hiler points out on Microcontent News, this has got to be the ultimate, albeit unintentional, Google bomb.
posted by cedar (10 comments total)

 
Here's a permalink to Hiler's explanation of PHP-Nuke's godliness.
posted by rcade at 10:27 AM on April 19, 2002


The number one search result? You'll never believe it: it's a blog-based CMS!

I hate to take this into the realm of semantics, but I wouldn't call PHPNuke a blog-based CMS exactly. It's a Slashdot clone, a CMS that is much more a community system than it is strictly a blog system.
posted by mathowie at 11:03 AM on April 19, 2002


all nuke installs start off with god as the first user.
It's almost the same thing as searching for an anonymous coward.
posted by arnab at 11:12 AM on April 19, 2002


I hate PHP-Nuke powered sites... Nothing like having to log-in to read/download anything. Or seeing designs scammed from my favourite sites, so Johnny-Can't-Code can be "a wicked cool webmaster".

And yes, PHP-Nuke is just a Slashdot wannabe system. Mind you, it's running on PHP -- so I'll give it credit for that.`
posted by Dark Messiah at 11:24 AM on April 19, 2002


I prefer PostNuke-powered sites. Faster, cleaner, still free.
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:56 AM on April 19, 2002


Ah, another reference to Google Bombing that dilutes Uber Brand Awareness.

Get your own meme!
posted by benbrown at 12:04 PM on April 19, 2002


I don't know, I sure as hell wouldn't run anything called "nuke" on my server. Open-source developers just have no clue whatsoever about branding.
posted by kindall at 12:15 PM on April 19, 2002


So let me get this straight... A site mentions God three times in one news entry at one point sometime in the recent past, and that bumps it up to Number 1 on a search for that term??

Isn't anyone else just a little bit concerned that this shows how Google's system isn't at all foolproof and, in this instance, is simply foolish? God of course appears nowhere on the current page or in its source, and of course, the site has not a thing to do with God, default admin username notwithstanding.
posted by docjohn at 12:25 PM on April 19, 2002


So where should a non-specific search for just the term "god" go? Should google arbitrarily pick one religion or can their code mavens put them all in the number one spot to appease the, "Google doesn't make sense/isn't fair" crowd?

I just did a search for "dog" and the top two were dogpile.com and explodingdog.com, neither a site related to dogs. Dog.com is something like 6th place. That crazy google!
posted by skallas at 3:48 PM on April 19, 2002


docjohn: According to the microcontent post, God is mentioned 3685 times throughout the site (not just one page). I don't think you can say that it doesn't have a thing to do with God when it mentions God that many times. What you are referring to is just one meaning of the word God. Another meaning is the username of some guy on phpnuke, so who is google to say which is more important or correct?
posted by jaden at 4:18 PM on April 19, 2002


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