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google rich snippets: hentry - Markup: microformats.org

+7 votes
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asked Jan 2, 2015 in Q2A Core by bobptz

When I go to google webmastertools -> Stractured Data I see the following line with 50 errors:

hentry  Markup: microformats.org
 
All of them are pages of my q2a site.
 
Any idea how to remove the errors?
Q2A version: 1.6.3
commented Dec 9, 2017 by q2apro
I am on 53,618  Items with Errors on 26,076 pages ...

2 Answers

+4 votes
answered Jan 3, 2015 by Scott

I spent a bit of time checking into this and there are a few oddities with the Q2A microformats.

The microformat spec requires the "updated" and "entry title" fields, as well as "fn" (full name). Not sure if it was always like that or if it changed, but a similar question here from 2013 also has the same problem. There is also an answer there if you want a quick solution.

Q2A currently shows "published" on posts and "updated" only if a post was actually updated in some way. But I can change that to "published updated" when there are no updates yet.

Q2A uses "nickname" on usernames, but I can add "fn" there just to satify the requirement.

We don't have a title for comments or answers so it's difficult to know what to do there. Also it turns out the "entry-title" for the question is in the wrong place and has no effect... The linked answer above just puts entry-title on the username which is probably the only thing we can do right now.

The above changes will be put into the next release (1.7.0 or 1.7.1) as a quick fix.


However, I don't think the hentry microformat is really suitable for individual posts, only the question as a whole. There is a microforamts-2 spec but search engines don't support it. They seem to prefer schema.org microdata, and in fact there are special ones for Q&A sites that Stack Overflow and Yahoo Answers are both using.

So I think for the future, it would be a better idea to support schema.org microdata and scrap the current microformats.

commented Apr 17, 2015 by q2apro
@Scott: merci :)
commented Sep 24, 2016 by bobptz
I still have the same problem in ver 1.7.4.  See my new question here:
http://www.question2answer.org/qa/53856/still-google-rich-snippets-hentry-markup-microformats-org
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