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Google shows position numbers for search results

     
1:38 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Today while searching for some queries i found serial number [the position number] in front of search results. yesterday Bing was also doing same.
Here is screenshot : [imgur.com ]

[edited by: tedster at 1:45 pm (utc) on Aug 1, 2012]
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1:59 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's a few years since Google last numbered their search results.
6:16 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Oh, interesting. I thought you were talking about the "cd" parameter in the referer string. Do you suppose they've done market research and established that the average g### user can't count to ten?
6:28 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Sooner or later the count will start from first AdWords ad.
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check if u didn't download any chrome extension of counting.....does it still showing the count in incognito window?
11:40 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google has been using '<ol>' for its search results. It looks like a CSS issue.
11:30 am on Aug 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Must be an extension. :)
11:34 am on Aug 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It appears to be broken CSS from what I can see.
4:21 am on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Must be an extension.


@rustybrick: it's not an extension, i had checked it twice. If it is an extension feature why it doesn't show the position number on every search result, i found it on one or two search results only.
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Google has been using '<ol>' for its search results. It looks like a CSS issue.

I'll be darned. Never realized that. g###'s stylesheet is not exactly easy to read; it's a solid 70000 characters made of close to 1000 separate declarations. (Hard to compare, but mine has to be less than 1/10 that-- and that's generic styles for groups of pages, not just the Results page.) I think there's at least one external stylesheet too, but I can't find the link.

.gbxx {display: none !important}

(Spacing mine.) Gosh, that makes me curious about what "gbxx" is. Can't find it attached to anything but
<h2 class=gbxx>Account Options</h2>
which hardly seems worth making such a fuss about ;)
.gbtcb{position: absolute; visibility: hidden}

Oh, n/m, there are a total of 34 items set to "display: none" --five of them !important-- with a further 12 "visibility: hidden". Can't possibly hunt them all down. Besides, most of them don't even occur on the page.

There are a heck of a lot of !importants. To me this suggests imperfect attention to cascading. Heh, heh.


Anyway, it says-- at least in the version spit out for my browser on my IP with the selected query etc.--
ol li {list-style: none}

Sunny, has someone been messing about with personal stylesheets in your browser? Never used one myself, but some people swear by them.
 

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