My intuition is that Google is looking over my shoulder while I browse (whether through its G-products, third-party widgits, keeping track of a search history that uses ‘site:boards.straigthdope.com’ a lot, or magic). I’m guessing that they’re putting SDMB results near the top of my searches under the belief that it’s more relevant to me.
On the other hand, I also go to Reddit a fair amount and rarely see them listed in my results. Plus, the ‘public’ computers in the house (i.e. kitchen, den and parlour) run Firefox on an Ubuntu VM with ‘always use private browsing’ checked and with NoScript, AdBlock and Ghostery active.
As an example, I just put “where to put both in a sentence” into the search box. The first hit is **KarlGauss’ ** 2009 thread asking the same question. It does not show up on Bing or DDG, which really proves nothing.
So, am I right that this is Google building a nice, comfy echochamber-like bubble around me, or do their algorithms (or humans) somehow account for GQ’s factual focus?