Msg#: 4550201 posted 6:43 pm on Mar 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
I keep seeing google mention user generated spam and tying that in to forums, guestbook pages, or user profiles. We have a forum section on a site, the site is not a forum, just a section. There is no spam, nothing is posted without approval. However I can't help but worry that there may be some tipping point that could be crossed just by having a forum on a site.
Thinking of no-indexing the forum section just to hopefully avoid triggering a flag, if there even is one.
Msg#: 4550201 posted 5:19 am on Mar 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
nothing is posted without approval
That sounds like you have nothing to worry about. There's nothing inherently wrong with the forum format of content unless of course you don't have a handle on spam. If spam attempts are too much to handle manually, look up "Stop Forum Spam" - that's the name of a plugin I use for SMF and I believe it exists for other forum software as well - works very well.