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Re: Concept behind "rel=nofollow"

__/ [David] on Monday 24 October 2005 09:16 \__

> On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:55:15 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>Some spammers may hit those who use rel="nofollow" just in spite or simply
>>because it's more effective in terms of time. We are now working on the
>>idea of collaborative comment spam flagging:
>>It is very similar to the principle adopted by Google Mail, but the API's
>>may make it extensible and generalisable. I can't say much more at this
> I just posted a spammy link to a comment on your SPAM trap, this URL
> has been link spammed a lot.

Thanks, David.

> It went through and was posted, what was supposed to happen?

It triggers an E-mail initially:

A new comment on the post #3 "One Last Spam Trap" is waiting for your

Author : Test by Dave (IP: , nott-cache-12.server.ntli.net)
E-mail : test@xxxxxxxxxxx
Whois  : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
lets see if it stops this URL which is link spammed a lot (not mine BTW).

<a href="<HIDDEN>" rel="nofollow">.</a>

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Then there is spam flagging that 'calls home' for some learning. I don't
think I'm allowed to say anything beyond this.

> Oh wait it's waiting review. I take it you categorize it as spam and
> all the people using the system know it's SPAM. Will it pick up the .
> link I added to the post?

I can't tell, but the general idea is that only trusted sources (with a
registered key) can send reports as this prevents abuse which may lead to
false positives and negatives. 


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