Saturday, January 22, 2005

Google Blog: Preventing Comment Spam

The Google Blog annouces an initiative that will help everyone in Preventing Comment Spam. Comment spam is a major problem with spammers inserting links in comments to boost results in search engines. It was so bad on the old Screen Arts blog that some days I would spend an hour or so deleting them and closing comments. That's one of the reasons that I switched to Blogger (along with the switches at Movable Type to need to pay) as it allowed me to restrict comments a bit. Now with broad support, hopefully things will get a bit better with comment spam disappearing. It's a neat solution with just adding an attribute (rel="nofollow") for hyperlinks. It's encouraging to see cooperation to solve problems quickly.
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