All of a sudden, starting roughly yesterday (2020-08-06), I’m unable to use Google to search for Terraform resource documentation for the AWS provider. For example, I used to be able to Google for “aws_workspaces_workspace” (or any other resource), and the #1 search result would be a link to the documentation I was after (e.g. https://registry.terraform.io/providers/hashicorp/aws/2.70.0/docs/resources/workspaces_workspace).
Now, the exact same search returns GitHub issues, links to this discussion forum, and third-party results, but the actual documentation is nowhere to be found.
I suspect what has happened is that Terraform has blocked robots from indexing the old AWS provider version (2.70) and initiated a Google re-indexing of the site, effectively purging those search results from Google. I’m sure Google is now indexing the new (3.0) version of the provider, and that some time from now they will rise in PageRank and show up as the #1 result, but for now, it’s effectively impossible to Google search for any AWS resource provider documentation; it simply doesn’t show up in the first few pages of results.
This is making it pretty hard to quickly find valuable information. I’ve bookmarked the table of contents for the documentation so that I can manually navigate to the pages I need, but that’s really cramping my style.
If my speculation about what’s happened is true, in the future please consider allowing the new versions of documentation to naturally percolate to the top of the search results, rather than agressively expunging the old versions. Last month’s documentation is far better than no documentation at all.