byPhilC07-07-201610:29 AM - edited 08-17-201601:40 PM
At the time of this idea's addition to the list, I believe that Google "believes" that it is best for me to see search results involving SAS Base code reference material for SAS version 9.2 when in fact I'm using version 9.4. Using Enterprise Guide to make Google queries will not ask Google to prefer 9.x over 9.2. What I propose is that EG makes requests for the SAS reference webpages and explicitly includes the SAS base version, if applicable.
This is a good idea because, since this feature was turned on around SAS Base 9.2, a consequence is that Google will "default" to search for 9.2 refrerence material forever. By "default" I mean Google will choose search results based on its metrics which may be based on what links were clicked more often historically. Since 9.2 links were searched so much more before than others, their prority may be placed at the top of the seach page more often. Leaving this feature alone, it may be that Google will continue to give 9.2 versions of reference material webpages link priority as our users continually accept Google's first search result links (ussualy SAS 9.2), and so perpetuating the, IMO, falsely generated popularity of SAS 9.2 in Google searches.