| 2:06 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I imagine that you are worried about search engines seeing too many changes to the site at one time. Maybe a few numbers would help prompt some useful advice.
Are we talking about 50 or 500 or 5000?
How many per page?
| 6:35 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
We are talking about 500 or so... no more than 1-2 per page in the "comments" section. Users will often post very helpful links to supplement an article, etc.
In the past I never allowed links in comments, so they would just post as text. But now I want to make them more useful, save users having to cut and paste... =)
I just hate rocking the boat with big changes all at once. Kind of sucks that you have to think this way sometimes... at least when these sites are your livelyhood...
| 2:04 pm on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I decided to just pull the trigger and enable them as normal links. It was the proper thing to do and fitting for how the web is suppose to work.
Once a user reaches a trusted status, their links then become active. Until then, they are in the sandbox so to speak... ;-)
| 9:05 pm on Dec 15, 2008 (gmt 0)|
If you see any changes in ranking and/or spam-quantity, mind reporting back and letting me know? I'm always eager to know about those things, since I've had two almost identical forum scripts running on two sites. I _know_ by looking at the log-data that the same spambots visited both pages and checked into the forum. they dumped their load in one of them bot not in the other -- the one they dropped their links had urls autoconverted into links and there were a few in every thread, the one they left without action did not autoconvert urls. I'd love to find out if you'll see any changes in spam-quantity.
| 5:39 am on Dec 16, 2008 (gmt 0)|
We don't allow visitors to comment unless they register (with email validation). So that alone seems to thwart auto-spam. We of course have to deal with manual spam every day. Which is where this whole dilemma comes in.
We also decided to take a different route than mentioned above. After doing a boatload of research, I decided to:
2. Enable any .gov links by default
3. Enable any internal links added by users by default