Use robots noindex nofollow in profile pages at karma 1

A lot of spam is hitting Askbot-powered Q&A sites.

Spambots often open accounts and fill in the "website" field in the user profile with a url they want to promote.

They also often fill in the profile field with some text and links to some urls they want to promote.

At Ask Sage we just got a request from a website owner telling us that Google webmaster tools was recommending them to contact us about taking down some offending pages, which were a spam post and a spam user profile page. These were negatively impacting this webmaster's website ranking.

One counter-measure for this spam activity would be if Askbot could include a html tag

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

on profile pages of users with minimum karma, and on question pages where neither the question nor any answer got upvoted.

@Evgeny, would that be possible?

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asked 2016-08-17 06:49:33 -0600, updated 2016-11-09 04:44:25 -0600
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Ask Askbot itself is massively spammed. Measure it by visiting the "Users" page, and sorting by "newest". As of 2023-07-27, we see 2069 pages of 30 profiles, so over 60k profiles. Most likely 99% are spam profiles.

slelievre's avatar slelievre (2023-07-27 13:03:54 -0600) edit
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