On 4/29/07, Andrew Gray <shimgray(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 28/04/07, Jeff Raymond
David Gerard wrote:
On 27/04/07, Joe Szilagyi
Why aren't links to all *.Wikia.com links
covered by nofollow? A quick
Presumably for a lack of coding. Go write some MediaWiki code rather
than whining. Thanks!
Wow, that's a helpful comment.
Given taht it seems to be a deliberate issue with how the code was set
up, it's a legitimate question. One we likely know the answer to, but
one that should be addressed nonetheless.
I'm sure this has been explained at length before on the list...
The code has, historically, recognised three kinds of links.
2) Interwiki links
3) External links
It takes the link syntax and produces appropriate links in the HTML from these.
Class 2 is interesting, because "interwiki" covers both internal and
external projects - a link to a Wikia site is wikia:foobar:link,
whilst a link to the French wikipedia is fr:wp:link or to Commons is
commons:link. External is not just Wikia - there are other external
wikis linked to via interwiki as well - but a large proportion of our
"external interwikis" are to them.
What we have here is a disconnect, or inconsistency, in class 2. And
without passing any judgment or advocating either view, here is the
EXHIBIT A. Brion and developers say if something is on Interwiki, it
is trusted. Brion and Rob Church rejected the feature request of being
able to customize follow/nofollow for Interwiki sites. Reason given:
#2 from Brion Vibber 2007-01-24 16:48 UTC [reply]
Untrusted sites should not be in the interwiki table, probably, hmm?
EXHIBIT B. However, the meta page for Interwiki says nothing about
sites being trusted. Only "useful":
"This section is for proposing a new interwiki link prefix; add new
entries at the bottom of the section. When requesting a new prefix,
please explain why it would be useful. Interwiki prefixes should be
reserved for websites that would be useful on a significant number of
So there is the discrepancy. It would make sense to come to a common
understanding of what role the Interwiki list should play, and align
technology/software/developer decisions with it.