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Ticket #786 (fixed enhancement)

Add nofollow to user generated links

  • Created: 2012-12-23 08:47:47
  • Reported by: Christian
  • Assigned to: Franz
  • Milestone: 1.5.2
  • Component: security
  • Priority: high

I thought, that FluxBB already has this feature, but proved myself wrong after looking at the code.

I think this is an important enhancement as it might stop spammers to target FluxBB forums at all.

Have a look at Google's Q/A: … swer=96569

Untrusted content: If you can't or don't want to vouch for the content of pages you link to from your site — for example, untrusted user comments or guestbook entries — you should nofollow those links. This can discourage spammers from targeting your site, and will help keep your site from inadvertently passing PageRank to bad neighborhoods on the web. In particular, comment spammers may decide not to target a specific content management system or blog service if they can see that untrusted links in that service are nofollowed. If you want to recognize and reward trustworthy contributors, you could decide to automatically or manually remove the nofollow attribute on links posted by members or users who have consistently made high-quality contributions over time.

By the way, I recognized that even search optimization companies target FluxBB forums.


Studio384 2012-12-23 10:26:15

  • Component set to security.

Franz 2012-12-28 22:26:12

  • Owner set to Franz.

Yeah, I think this was discussed before.

Thanks for the reference, Christian, that sounds reasonable indeed. Unless anyone has any good objections, we should add this in. smile

Franz 2013-01-02 11:59:08

  • Status changed from open to fixed.

Commit 7040a08 to fluxbb master

Add nofollow to user generated links.

Fixes #786.

quy 2013-01-02 14:08:10

This should also be done to the Website URL in profile.php in view mode.

Franz 2013-01-02 14:15:28

Thanks, good catch. Fixed.

Franz 2013-01-02 14:17:04

Commit cc1e1a2 to fluxbb master

#786: Add nofollow to user websites.