---- Google's Matt Cutts: Comments Stuffed With Keywords May Be Seen As A Manipulative Link Scheme
JD_Toims - 1:23 am on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google's founders (and people like Matt Cutts) have been around long enough to remember how trolls and spammers contributed to the demise of UseNet. Encouraging people to use their real names--and verified IDs--helps to make the Web a "clean, well-lighted place" and leads to higher-quality discussions.
I'm fairly certain that job should fall on a site's operators, not a search engine -- The "self appointed Internet Police" mentality Google seems to have is a bit too much for me.
After all, if there are two similar blog posts about the same thing (such as Matt Cutts's newest video), why not highlight the post that includes comments by real people, rather than the one that's accompanied by comments from anonymous trolls?
Again, the requirements for posting on a site are up to the site owner/operator, so if *they* [being the site operator] want to rank in Google *they* should take care of and enforce their commenting policy, but "discounting a commenter's site", because *the commenter* made a comment on another site *within the terms of service* of the site they commented on is "Google playing the Internet Police" [and tailoring the Internet and what's "acceptable" to their wants/needs].
Another way to explain so people can "get what I'm saying" is by "discounting the commenter's site" rather than simply the site the comment(s) are on is Google effectively taking control of other sites commenting policies -- They are effectively and essentially saying "you can't do that on [any site you feel like putting here]", even if whatever someone did on another site is within the TOS of the site they were visiting -- It's really not Google's place and they're way out-of-line, imo.
BTW: I've been around sites and the web long enough I used to find sites through link exchanges and web-rings, but we don't have those any more, because Google doesn't want them, and for good reason -- Why would a search engine want someone to be able to find a site on a topic they're interested in other than through a search engine?