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wed 2005-jan-19 19:30:45 pst   ...   permalink

Google has announced a new initiative to eliminate the problem of blog comment spam. Basically the idea is that site providers (or more importantly, blog software developers) can mark links that were posted by users as distinct from links actually put there by the site maintainers. This way Google can ignore user-created links for the purposes of computing Page Rank, thus removing the incentive for the online casinos and pharmacies to post comment spam in the first place. w00t!

Since this blog is not driven by Movable Type, the scripts that automate the comment spam posting process don't work here, and as a result, I haven't really had a problem with comment spam. (I did get one once, which was really strange, since it means someone must have posted it by hand...) But I figured I would go ahead and make the (very simple) changes in my code anyway, so that I now conform to it. Now I guess the question arises of whether I should go back and modify all the existing comments, just for the sake of consistency...

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wed 2005-jan-19 19:47:16 pst
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Here's some comment spam, just to test it. Check out this exciting web site, you'll love it.

(Note that nothing will appear any different unless you look at the raw html... Just in case anyone is confused.)

name (required):

email (will be publicly viewable only if no URL given):

personal URL:

remember name/email/URL in a cookie
don't save info in a cookie

comments (required):

NOTE: html tags cannot be included in the above. however, blank lines will separate paragraphs, and if you care, some rudimentary formatting is available with the following html-like tags (but note the square instead of angle brackets):

text[br]more text
more text
[quote]some quoted text[/quote]
some quoted text
[link url="http://www.example.com/"]somewhere else[/link]
somewhere else

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