Msg#: 3804842 posted 2:57 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)
My internal debate right now. Should I convert all the text Urls on my site added by users over the years to actual links?
The Nofollow discussion on the homepage sparked my interest on the topic.
From a usability perspective, they should definitely be converted to hyperlinks. That leaves the question of trust. I have the ability to convert only text Urls added by trusted members. So my initial thought is to convert them all to natural links, no limiting attributes (like nofollow). That seems to make sense to me.
What does everyone else think? This particular site only has a few hundred inbound links.
Msg#: 3804842 posted 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?
Msg#: 3804842 posted 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.
Msg#: 3804842 posted 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: