kaled - 3:21 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Who said no one is interested in discussing it? That's what we're doing, is it not?
That would be me. A useful discussion with 150 posts should have yielded some sensible policy suggestions (other than no change please) that would command wide support.
If a policy of no change results from this thread then it will have been an entirely pointless exercise.
I suggested cloaking links so that they are hidden entirely from search engines. This would largely eliminate the motivation to drop spammy, self-promoting links (provided everyone knew about the policy). As a policy change, this seems entirely sensible to me. Doubtless, there would still be a few idiots that would try to drop self-promoting links but these are normally easy to spot (because idiots aren't clever enough to be subtle).