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Google-Flop: Self-Reinforcing Stupidity

Web: What’s the link between Debian Linux and Dueling Banjos? Any ideas? No? Well, according to Debian Weekly News of September 16th, 2003, it’s become what’s called a Google-flop:

No Dueling Banjos from Debian. Some of the most bizarre mails on debian-devel over the years have been repeated requests by various people for the sheet music for dueling banjos. Several list subscribers have been eager to assist the posters in their search. Jim Penny called this the Dueling Banjo Effect and explained that this has become a self-perpetuating Google-flop. People use Google which points them to Debian to get this sheet music, and the act of asking reinforces Google’s notion that Debian is a good place to get the music.

(thanks to Rick Moen for pointing this out on the ILUG list.)

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