Might I also suggest an additional reason for this hoax story?
If I search for "Dinosaur Hoax" into Google, I get the following:
- from hoax-slayer.com, an article about a Dinosaur Egg hatching in Berlin. This article is from March 13, 2014. It is a very recent article that has pushed this cluesforum thread down the page by one. (From 1st result to 2nd result).
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/dinosaur-egg ... hoax.shtml
- this cluesforum thread.
- The Hoax Archive - Paleontology Hoaxes (If you haven't seen this page, it's worth a few minutes of your time).
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/arch ... leontology
3 out of the next 7 results are related to this Dinosaur Clone Hoax.
In other words, now that this story is in the webosphere, 3 out of the first 10 (one page of search results) bring it up. Three previous results that rank lower (for whatever algorithmic reasons they choose
) have been pushed down and/or off the first page of results.
Of all the dinosaur related research I've done (and I've been at it semi-regularly since this thread began), this cluesforum thread is by far the most comprehensive, detailed, intelligent, reasonable and serious discussion of the dinosaur question.
Within just the past 2 weeks there have been 2 dinosaur hoax stories hit the web and change the search results and rankings. I dare say there are people out there who would rather not see this thread in the first page of results and wouldn't be surprised if we see more Dinosaur "hoax" type stories come out in the near future. The purpose of this is to muddy the waters and dilute the research by making (or attempting to) the research more difficult to find. Have more people been searching for "Dinosaur Hoax" in the last year since this thread first began?
For comparison, searching for "Dinosaur Hoax" puts this thread at the very top with no mention of the clone story on the first page of results. I assume it's because you would need the word "clone" in between the two keywords. So, this discussion sits at the very top of that specific internet search.
Searching for dinosaur hoax conspiracy - Cluesforum does not show up on the first page.
Searching for "dinosaur hoax conspiracy" - Only 7 results total, cluesforum not one of them.
Searching for dinosaur conspiracy - Cluesforum does not rank on the first page.
Searching for "dinosaur conspiracy" - Cluesforum does not rank on the first page.
Here is a graph from Google Trends:
Blue represents searches for Dinosaur Hoax
Red represents searches for "Dinosaur Hoax"
Yellow represents searches for Dinosaur Conspiracy
From Google trends:
The numbers on the graph reflect how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. They don't represent absolute search volume numbers, because the data is normalized and presented on a scale from 0-100. Each point on the graph is divided by the highest point, or 100. When we don't have enough data, 0 is shown.
Note the following:
1) Starting in September 2013, there was a spike in searches for "Dinosaur Hoax" (blue line). That spike continued exponentially in Feb-March (mostly due to these news stories).
2) There is also a redline spike for "Dinosaur Hoax" that occurs in March.
If you'd like to play with this Analytics and see the numbers for yourselves, here it is:
http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q= ... acy&cmpt=q
Unfortunately there isn't enough data to go back more than a few years but it's interesting to see how quickly the results can change just from one or two stories. In conclusion, I believe we are witnessing the start of a search engine campaign to skew the results and keep the research hidden (or try to at least). Currently, if you do search for Dinosaur Hoax related strings on the internet, there really isn't much out there. That will change quickly, I presume.