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    Default Google Search Leads to Format Change

    I know you guys (Scott) get(s) irritated with some of the dopier questions, so I apologize ahead of time. I'll try to describe what just happened. I'm not too tech-savvy so bear with me.

    After reading through the recently closed FAQ thread, I decided that I'd follow the advice given there. Instead of doing my usual 'search' using the M.C. search function, I allowed Google to do the searching. The search results were satisfactory (I found what I was looking for).

    The page Google lead me to was titled 'Mandolin Cafe Forum'. It did not look at all like anything I've seen on the forum before however. It had no fancy header, graphics or illustrations; no advertisements; just a plain white/blue page with the bare 'Forum' content.

    I closed the Google search and went back to log onto the Cafe site. I was surprised to find that the entire M.C. site had transformed/reverted into the same generic presentation I had seen in the Google search. No amount of closing and reopening the Cafe site resulted in the familiar presentation. As a last resort, I deleted the browsing history and was relieved to find that I could then open the good ole familiar M.Cafe site in all its glory.

    Any ideas what that adventure was all about?

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    Default Re: Google Search Leads to Format Change

    I think that is a search of archived posts that google finds.
    I have found those before.
    At the top of the page there is usually a link that says something like "View in original format".
    If you click that, you will see the same page in the regular forum look.
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    Default Re: Google Search Leads to Format Change

    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    I know you guys (Scott) get(s) irritated with some of the dopier questions, so I apologize ahead of time. I'll try to describe what just happened. I'm not too tech-savvy so bear with me.....

    ..........Any ideas what that adventure was all about?
    I don't know the whole "behind the scenes" but it's just a cached version of the page. It's common to find those no-frills forum pages, especially on older threads.

    Same thing happens for bike forums, which I also frequent.

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    Default Re: Google Search Leads to Format Change

    Thanks guys. I've seen the "no frills" pages (as Drew called them) before of course. I've just never had it happen where I couldn't seem to escape that format.

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    Google will find any view possible on most sites. There is a pull-down menu at the very far bottom left side of any forum page. It should be set to 'mandolin' and if it isn't you'll see a version of either the forum with no customization as it comes out of the box or the mobile version which will look even stranger on a desk-top. You're welcome to switch back and forth as your heart is content but it's possible Google picks some of these other versions up from time to time. When you click into the site from Google it may be one of those different views and it might reset your default view which you can change with that pull-down menu. The archive view also gets picked up in searches. Here's an example of that, and that link is also available at the very bottom of any page from the link titled Archive. You did nothing wrong, you just happened to click into a different view their search tools grabbed from us.

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    By the way, this isn't new, it happens to me from time to time. You just change the settings back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    ...When you click into the site from Google it may be one of those different views and it might reset your default view which you can change with that pull-down menu...
    Thanks. That must be what happened. I was the victim of an unauthorized default-view reset!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    By the way, this isn't new, it happens to me from time to time. You just change the settings back.
    Thanks... It's a relief to know I'm not the only one and that there is an easy fix.

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