On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 2:05 PM, Oldak Quill
How about based on link maturity? A fresh link
(under 20 days, e.g.)
has nofollow to prevent spam links being added, those links which have
survived many eyes over 20 days have nofollow removed.
Last time I did a big scrub I found plenty of overt nastyness (direct
links to trojans, browser crashing popup spam sites, etc) that were in
articles for long spans of time.
My working theory was that established heavy duty users don't follow
external links too often since they take them away from the site, and
the casual users don't know or care enough to remove bad ones. True
or not, externals very clearly get little oversight on EnWP.
First there needs to come some level of recorded review/oversight.
Simply trusting that the links will get seen as is done today is
demonstrably highly failure prone. Once that exists, teaching nofollow
to follow it is 'just' technical details.
How about new URLs being submitted to a Special:Externallinks, each
item on the list has a "verify" or "reject" button which trusted
can use to work through these systematically? Once a URL is either
verified or rejected it is removed from the list.
Oldak Quill (oldakquill(a)gmail.com)