[theforum] nofollow in articles (was Re: New article)

Dean Mah dean.mah at gmail.com
Sun Oct 14 07:37:50 CDT 2007


Initial background on the issue was here:


However, the discussion took place on IRC.  If you would like to
withdraw your article, I can certainly understand that.

For my part, I do not have the time to decide which links do or do not
require the 'nofollow' tag based on a value judgment.

If you are interested in discussing this further, please join
theforum, as I do not have the time or the authority to debate the

- on behalf of evolt.org

On 10/14/07, Drs Marcel Feenstra, MALD, MBA <marcel at wintasy.com> wrote:
> Hi Dean,
> Thanks for your quick, although somewhat disappointing reply.
> I am quite surprised that you should have made that a "policy" (I have been
> unable to find a reference to it on the site, BTW.)
> Marlene writes in her article "Help Support evolt.org": "We value the
> evolt.org community members who donate their time, skills, opinions and
> expertise to our various list servers, articles, and administration and
> management demands. While evolt.org's financial needs are great, there is no
> evolt without those contributions." and Amanda states in the Writer's
> Guidelines": "Evolt.org is a non-profit organization and can offer no
> financial compensation for articles written. By writing for evolt.org, you
> are giving back to the web development community. It will make you feel
> good."
> I can certainly understand that evolt is unable to offer *financial
> compensation* for articles written, but I do *not* understand why it does
> not want to give *proper credit* --wouldn't that be, more than "simply
> polite", a matter of basic Netiquette?! (When I submitted the article, I did
> *not* expect any money for it. I *did* expect the article to be either
> rejected --if it did not meet evolt's standards-- or printed "as is" --but
> *not* substantially modified, which includes the addition of "nofollow".)
> If you could point me to the relevant thread(s) on the forum (as I said, I
> could not find a reference to "nofollow" using Google), I would be happy to
> discuss this further!
> Best regards,
> Marcel
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: Dean Mah [mailto:dean.mah at gmail.com]
> Verzonden: zondag 14 oktober 2007 2:31
> Aan: Drs Marcel Feenstra, MALD, MBA; content at lists.evolt.org
> Onderwerp: Re: New article
> Hello,
> No, the 'nofollow' attribute is intended.  As a policy, evolt.org has
> decided to add that to all links.  Articles go back into moderation
> whenever an edited to the article is performed.  Any policy changes
> should be discussed on theforum mailing list.
> Dean
> - on behalf of evolt.org
> On 10/13/07, Drs Marcel Feenstra, MALD, MBA <marcel at wintasy.com> wrote:
> > Hi Dean,
> >
> > Tonight, I noticed that my article (about search engine friendly URLs with
> > ASP) had been published, but apparently the system had added "nofollow" to
> > the external links (including my user profile, BTW).
> >
> > I *assume* this is not intended. After all, nofollow was meant to *fight
> > spam* --it is a way of saying: I'm linking to this site, but I *don't
> vouch*
> > for it... I can understand if it is used *in the comments*, but surely not
> > *in the articles*?! Anyway, when I tried to *remove* the nofollow, the
> > entire article disappeared... :-(
> >
> > Could you please look into this for me? Thanks in advance!
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Marcel Feenstra (http://evolt.org/user/72315)

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