That is merely a conjecture, you can't state that like it's fact unless you know the algorithms used by the search engines. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding the ranking. Here is an example that runs counter to your claim: Different search engines also have different methods of ranking: On Google, this topic is directly between two topics with the same title, both in the URL. The one below us even has SEO in the domain name. However, Bing has those two ranked at the top. Does that mean that Bing's results are better ranked? Who knows.abrakadava wrote:I'm saying that if someone searches "cool posts about interesting stuff" Google is going to rank a forum post with the url
There has been discussion for adding pretty/readable URLs to 3.1. It has its uses, like being able to glance at a posted link and seeing its title, but it's certainly not a make or break feature for search engine optimization.