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Comment Spam

Following a suggestion of a commentator, and based on reading the google blog, all links in comments are now marked "nofollow". This means that while the link works as normal, it will not be counted for Google page rankings. As the comment spam is being left by human beings paid by spammers (mostly hired from Amazon Mechanical Turk apparently) we may hope that the spammers are intelligent enough not to pay for links that won't increase their page ranks and will leave us alone. I will continue to be vigilant and delete spam as it appears. Let's see if that works before introducing registration and "trusted" users.

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We've used nofollow on all links for years and still get thousands of spam comments per day. It does make their links not effective, but it hasn't stopped them.

Have you looked into using an anti-spam filter service like Akismet?

It's still possible to linkspam simply by not putting quotes around the link. Google would still pick it up as a link that counts for pagerank because there is no space before the "rel"

Example

Working link, even better.
Fixed by putting a space before the rel.

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