[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4696: Hide profiles.wordpress.org from non-logged in users

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#4696: Hide profiles.wordpress.org from non-logged in users
 Reporter:  jdembowski  |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect      |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal      |   Milestone:
Component:  Profiles    |  Resolution:
 Keywords:              |

Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 > And yet, those pages do show up in Google. Just using `nofollow` hasn't
 been effective. I personally think that any solution based on the honor
 system is not an effective control.

 The `nofollow` attribute on external links isn't meant to prevent the
 profile page from being indexed. It's meant to prevent search engines from
 passing value through the link; therefore disincentivising spam.

 > Spamming is not ONLY about stealing SEO-value. If you can place your
 keyword-rich message in a place that in itself ranks well on Google, then
 you won't bother too much that the site you're linking to won't get
 "google juice".

 Agreed, which is why I'm happy to `noindex` profile pages until they reach
 a (TBD) activity/quality threshold.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4696#comment:31>
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