Thank you to all who took part in the conversation last weekend about the comment policy here on SBS. Here’s what I’ve decided:
1.) No keywords will be allowed in the NAME field. This was suggested by Tom Christensen of RightReading.com, and I was already thinking it was the way to go. I want people to comment here for the conversation, not for the chance to get a followed link with the perfect anchor text. Best to use your real name when joining our conversations. If you use a keyword as your name, I’ll probably just edit it, but I might remove the comment altogether.
2.) Links on the NAME field will be followed after you’ve left 10 comments. Many of you are already in the clear on this. Some of my newer readers and commenters will have their NAME links no-followed until they hit 10 comments.
3.) All links in the text of comments will be no-followed. The plugin I’m using should be able to follow all the links from users with 10+ comments, but on my initial testing, it’s a bit buggy.
4.) You still do not need to register to comment.
That’s it. My sincere thanks to everyone who comments on this blog. I hope you understand the reason this is necessary. As always, I look forward to many productive conversations in the future!