Google's Sly Battle on Comment Spam and Our Respective Policy
It’s great to hear that Google has started a simple solidarity against web spam. The gist of it is:
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://spamjockey.com/">Spam Jockey!!</a>
You add the
rel="nofollow" to external links in your Wiki or blog. Google (and other cooperating search engines) ignore those links. In time, spammers will get the picture and leave Wikis and blogs alone. It’s a noble effort and I think it’s worthwhile.
For now, I’m not going to touch this, though. I want comments here to be weighed in Google’s search results. Our topic is just so specific and our readership rather small in contrast to so many sites.
When spam becomes a problem, though, external links here will be tagged with
rel="nofollow". I’d like to couple it with a technique for approving links.