One of the top results is a job opening on wikimediafoundation.org from 2009! These 150 old job openings ranks higher than our current job openings on Greenhouse, and anyone who follows a link to them may think the job opening is closed and give up.
Maria O'Neill confirmed they're all obsolete so on guillom's suggestion I added __NOINDEX__ to Template:Job opening status. But it has no effect: - the pages aren't in Category:Noindexed_pages and their source doesn't have <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />. I believe this is because wmf-config has
$wgExemptFromUserRobotsControl = array_merge( $wgContentNamespaces, $wmgExemptFromUserRobotsControlExtra );
so NS_MAIN is exempt from NOINDEX doing anything.
Seems the fix could be
- Ask a wikimediafoundation admin to delete all 150 old pages.
- Someone move all 150 to a namespace where NOINDEX has an effect, e.g. move each to a subpage of its talk page.
- Fiddle with wmf-config so that NOINDEX has an effect in the main namespace of wikimediafoundation.org.
- put some other HTML in the template that discourages Google. (Google already does not show the template's "This (old) job opening has long been closed" in its snippet.)
I don't know if there's an administrators noticeboard on wikimediafoundation. I'll link to this from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Foundation_wiki_feedback