[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 jonoaldersonwp):

 We're at risk of getting a little off track here.
 The issue isn't that rel 'dofollow' is present, or harmful. The issue is
 that we've failed to identify these example threads as spam, when the
 presence of this attribute is an extremely strong spam signal.

 Agreed that the assumption by the attackers here is that "dofollow +
 nofollow" cancel each other out in some sense. This obviously isn't the

 I'm nervous about us removing arbitrary rel properties when there might be
 valid use cases for them.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5497#comment:6>
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