[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #16881: Remove all unwanted 'nofollow' attributes from 'reply to comment' links

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Fri Mar 18 09:27:33 UTC 2011

#16881: Remove all unwanted 'nofollow' attributes from 'reply to comment' links
 Reporter:  joelhardi                     |       Owner:
     Type:  defect (bug)                  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                        |   Milestone:  Future Release
Component:  Comments                      |     Version:  3.1
 Severity:  minor                         |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  has-patch commit 2nd-opinion  |

Comment (by solarissmoke):

 Replying to [comment:9 joelhardi]:
 > Not exactly ... canonical isn't meant to stop double indexing, it just
 provides info that Google uses when determining how to return results. See

 Ok, my mistake.

 > So, I think adding the noindex to these pages is an appropriate
 improvement regardless of whatever the links to these pages look like.


 > The obvious solution to totally stop unwanted crawling is `Disallow:
 /*/?replytocom=` in robots.txt. When the "correct" fix is such a trivial
 webmaster task, I don't think it's a good idea for !WordPress to do lots
 of incorrect things to try to mimic the same function. It shouldn't abuse
 HTTP or nofollow specs the way it was doing with nofollow, or would be
 doing with POST to simulate links.

 Maybe you're right - after all the only people that will notice the added
 overhead are likely to be those that are able to create/manage robots.txt
 files. I still don't like that we're generating a whole new bunch of pages
 for crawlers to have to visit, though.

Ticket URL: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16881#comment:10>
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