[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #5497: Flag threads with 'dofollow' link attributes for spam review

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#5497: Flag threads with 'dofollow' link attributes for spam review
 Reporter:  jonoaldersonwp  |       Owner:  dd32
     Type:  defect          |      Status:  accepted
 Priority:  high            |   Milestone:
Component:  Support Forums  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  seo spam        |

Comment (by dd32):

 Actually, I'm tempted to suggest this can be closed as invalid if Akismet
 treats it as spam.

 The HTML spec doesn't support a `dofollow` rel attribute, even if one is
 present, we add a `nofollow ugc` value to it as well. I can't find any
 references to it being supported by any major search engine either.

 This has lead me to think that those who specify it in spam are attempting
 to bypass bad link filters that skip adding a nofollow when there's
 already a `rel` attribute, the presence of the value doesn't actually
 affect anything.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5497#comment:5>
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