Brian Turner asks “Should search engines use Akismet?”, a fascinating question and one that could revolutionize the revolution against spammers.
…The aim of the automated form spammers is to increase their search engine rankings – by forcing sites to unwittingly publish links which may be used by search engines to improve a sites ranking on Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
So – what if search engines were able to datamine the Akismet data?
That would immediately allow them to better identify which websites are actively involved in form spamming, and automatically ban them…
…Now, here’s the interesting part:
If search engines were to make this a public fact of policy, that they datamine spam filters such as Akismet for offenders to penalise, then surely this would kneecap the entire automated form spam industry?
Akismet has turned out to be one of the most powerful comment spam fighting tools around. It’s use it not limited to WordPress, but is now being used on Drupal, phpbb, Blojsom, Bloxsom, Geeklog, Movable Type, b2evolution, PunBB, Lifetype, and many other wikis, blogs, and more.
Akismet uses a social networking and bookmarking style to allow users to designate which comments are comment spam. The results are then cataloged and managed by Akismet’s database program to benefit everyone tied into the network. When you mark comment spam as comment spam, I get the benefit on my blog. Together, we work as a community to fight off comment spammers.
Still, I think there is a great benefit to everyone to take advantage of the resources Akismet has accumulated and tie them in with big search engines to really put the hammer down on the greedy fingers of comment spammers.
I’d love to be part of that negotiation, too.
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