On a whim I Googled the following phrases:

  • "Electronics Q&A"
    The electronics.stackexchange.com site was about the 125th result on the first query.
  • "Electrical Engineering Q&A"
    In the top ten.
  • "Programming Q&A"
    Stack Overflow came up #1 for the last query.

What concerns me is that if I didn't know about the site, I wouldn't find it using the term I use most to describe my hobby: Electronics

I usually think of the word "electrical" as being associated with higher power projects (mains wiring of residential/commercial buildings, for example). I realize one goal of the site is to dissuade commercial electronics questions ("Which guitar amp should I buy?"), maybe that was a partial reason behind the rename of the site.

What can we do to improve site visibility using the term "electronics?" I'm not suggesting a rename, but raising a concern that the site doesn't seem sufficiently ranked when using this keyword.


As of 2014-03-22, doing a Google search (in private mode without being logged in) for "Electronics Q&A" now brings up this very question as the 17th result. (Paradoxical, maybe?)

I gave up trying to find the main page (electronics.stackexchange.com) in the results after the 200th result.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Positive and negative there, most of the googling public looking for electronics Q&A is going to be looking for consumer electronics support. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jan 30 '13 at 17:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you really want hords of unwashed masses to whom "electronics" means a TV, phone, and remote coming here asking lots of questions we have to close? If someone can't think of the term "electrical engineering", then we're probably better off without them. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 30 '13 at 19:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Olin I agree, upon reflection. It might be useful to see what "Electronics Engineering" results in... \$\endgroup\$
    – JYelton
    Jan 30 '13 at 19:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe this question is better phrased as "What can we do to improve the site visibility for “Electronics Engineering Q&A” searches?" \$\endgroup\$ Jan 31 '13 at 2:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ When I google for specific topics, the links to EE.SE threads come up in the top 5-10 often. Years ago, I've found StackOverflow like that. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 9 '13 at 20:54

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