Wikipedia and Link-Spam: the story continues
As I told you before, some people on the WikiProject Spam page were talking about ways of sharing the links they remove with search engines, and especially Google.
This dicussion has been going on, and now Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia, commented on it. He said the following:
I recently had dinner with Larry Page. He introduced me to Matt Cutts, who is the guy in charge of all this stuff at Google. Believe me, they take this stuff very seriously and are very open to ideas in this area. They are smart, and they know what they are doing. I will mention this concept to Matt and Larry. I am quite sure they will be very happy to take advantage of the intelligence of the Wikipedia community to protect both Google and Wikipedia (and the rest of the net). –Jimbo Wales 00:32, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
So it’s taking a more serious note than people might have anticipated. Now they’ll have to come up with something safe, and the option that was given right after Jimbo Wales’s comment is NOT safe:
I like the idea of publishing a list of URLs that have been deleted from Wikipedia articles because they constitute Web Spam. I think that list should be public (and not only shared with a specific company).
What would you do? Right. Spam the links of your competitors, and get them on that list. If Google would use that, it would probably be among the fastest way to get rid of your competition. So that won’t work. I’ll follow the discussion and see if they come up with something smarter.