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From Nick Kew <n...@webthing.com>
Subject Re: nofollow was Re: mod_mbox
Date Tue, 11 Oct 2005 14:26:17 GMT
On Tuesday 11 October 2005 15:05, Joshua Slive wrote:

> > More importantly, any mail archive without nofollow in the messages
> > becomes a spam magnet.  Here's some nice free googlerank for
> > http://dodgy.pills.example.com/?refid=yourstruly
>
> Well, we don't want to keep search engines out of the archive entirely.
>   The archives are a huge resource that we want easily searchable.

Yes, of course!

> But we need to start thinking about a way to remove specific messages
> from our archives for this reason among others.  That is more a topic
> for infrastructure@

But it's not just that.  If we have links from the messages, that in itself
attracts the spammers!  No matter whether we keep spam completely
out by moderating the lists, do cleanup after the event, or do nothing,
we should avoid offering major incentives to spammers.

-- 
Nick Kew

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