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I don’t know if this is here to stay, but I just noticed that all the external links from stories that haven’t reached the front page yet are being nofollowed now. Great!

Hopefully this puts an end to the invasion of spam. I almost got RSI from clicking that ’Report as Spam’ button...
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from Harith 2233 Days ago #
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"Hopefully this puts an end to the invasion of spam."Amen :-)

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from ViperChill 2233 Days ago #
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I’ve been trying to click it as often as possible on Spammy submissions. Is there any chance that we could change it so that only one person has to click ’report as spam’ for a story to get moderatedActually, that’s probably a bad idea as it’s so easy for people to abuse the system. Maybe it’s time to give some users a little extra power so we (not saying I should be one of those users) don’t need to wait for others to report as spam before a topic goes into moderationJust my thoughts

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from andymurd 2233 Days ago #
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That’s good news. Like ViperChill, I report spam whenever I see it but I can’t spend all day scanning the upcoming submissions.I guess pageoneresults’ campaign managed to get some changes, though he’d probably argue for nofollowing the latest comments list too.

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from ankitrawat 2233 Days ago #
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Gud news ... normally i mark 5-8 stories as spam in a day !!

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from kevgibbo 2232 Days ago #
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Great news if this helps reduce the spam. The move could also make Sphinn more valuable for link building if the number of followed links are kept much lower by being more difficult to obtain.

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from evilgreenmonkey 2232 Days ago #
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The topic of nofollow’ing submissions in What’s New was discussed at the beginning of June during a Third Door Media meeting. After discussion with our moderators, we decided to roll out nofollow attributes within this section of the site for the last update release. I sometimes see some good posts just miss the "Hot" requirements despite deserving traffic and a direct link, so we may also trial allowing posts with X number of Sphinns to have nofollow removed in future.

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from webprofessor 2232 Days ago #
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Its not going to make a difference as lon g as people can click through.. its the same problem with dig. You can make a submission and then point a few links at that submissions page to get that page to rank.

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from evilgreenmonkey 2231 Days ago #
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"You can make a submission and then point a few links at that submissions page to get that page to rank."Sphinn blocks the submission pages by dissallowing /*? in the robots.txt - Google is just taking ages to realise this and remove the pages from the index.

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from jeff419 2231 Days ago #
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Nofollow is lame. Please at least invoice Google for doing their quality control for them.

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from Halfdeck 2231 Days ago #
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"Sphinn blocks the submission pages by dissallowing /*? in the robots.txt"Rob, robots.txt will not necessarily do anything if enough people link to a disallowed page because disallowed pages still accumulate PageRank. As you probably know, robots.txt only says don’t retrieve content from this page; it doesn’t say don’t index it.

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from semscholar 2231 Days ago #
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Now that this went hot I doubt spammers will even see it since they spend most thier time in the what’s new section. Shouldn’t this be sticky there somehow?

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