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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.
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...
Once a user reaches a trusted status, their links then become active. Until then, they are in the sandbox so to speak... ;-)
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