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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Comments with Links to Your Own Posts

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The New Blogger have added a Nofollow attribute into the template to prevent hyperlinks in the comments section from being followed by search engines. This is to discourage spammers from posting spam comments in Blogger blogs. However, if you, like me, often respond to comments with links to your own posts and/or add signature line with a link to your blog/blogs, that is a disadvantage to you, especially if you moderate your comments to weed out spam comments. By doing that, you allow search engines to follow links in the comments section and will help in crease link popularity and PageRank. This will help you bring more traffic to your blog.

This will involve tampering with the template of your blog, and a wise step to take is always to backup your template before you make any changes so that if anything goes wrong, you can always upload the backup template and you will be back to where you were. If you don't know how to backup your template, refer to this post: Backing up and changing New Blogger template.

To remove the Nofollow attribute, sign into your Dashboard, click LAYOUT, then click the EDIT HTML sub-tab at the top of the template editor. Tick the Expand Widgets Template checkbox to expand the template. Look for this line of code:

< href="'data:comment.authorUrl" rel="'nofollow'"> Delete the phrase rel='nofollow', preview to ensure everything is OK, then save the template.

If you have problem finding that line of code, click inside the template editor window, then press ctrl+A (or click the beginning of the codes and keep pressed down the left while scrolling right to the bottom of the template editor window) to highlight all the codes. Right-click on the mouse and select "copy" to copy the whole template into clipboard, open Notepad and paste the template into Notepad. Click "Edit" in the menu bar at the top and chose "select all" to highlight the whole codes. Repeat again, but this time select "Find". Type of copy-paste part or whole of the line of code you want to edit into the "Find what" field, then click "Find next" and whatever you are trying to find will be highlighted. Do what is necessary (delete rel='nofollow'), highlight all the edited template again and copy into clipboard, go back to the template editor. The whole template should still be highlighted. Press the "Delete" key to empty the template window and paste the edited template into the window. Preview to make sure everything is OK, and if so, then save the template.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Bloggers and Readers Need a Code of Conduct

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I think and also agreed that both bloggers and readers need a Code of Conduct. What do you think ? Do you think that bloggers and readers need a code of conduct ? Do you want reader to read your blog and give comments regarding what you post or just put some spam into your comment ? Or bloggers with no ethic, just post what they like and make personal attack ?

Blogger Michelle Quek, who was flamed by readers of her blog, and doesn't know why, feels there should be a code of conduct, but will anyone care?

Bloggers need a code of conduct, be it formalised or unwritten.

And that will be a step towards keeping out 'cyber-bullying', said bloggers interviewed by Digital Life.

Some prominent leaders in the online world, including founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, well-known blogger Robert Scoble (of the blog Scobleizer) and Tim O' Reilly, who coined the term 'Web 2.0', have been pushing for something to be done, after what is now known as the Kathy Sierra incident.

Earlier in March, game developer and programming instructor Kathy Sierra began receiving death threats on her blog from critics of her opinions. One of them even had a picture of Ms Sierra next to a noose.

Other threats were sexually graphic.

At that time, she wrote: 'I have cancelled all speaking engagements. I am afraid to leave my yard, I will never feel the same.'

The severity of the situation made many empathise, but, more importantly, made them believe it was time for a code of conduct to be created.

Will such a code work in Singapore?

About a month ago, Miss Michelle Quek, 18, also found herself the victim of Internet flaming.

The student still doesn't know why some 300 people on a forum took offence at her postings of her daily life, which resulted in some 10,000 or more diatribes against her.

Miss Quek said, 'Somehow, there is a need for a code of conduct. But, seriously, I don't think anyone will care.'

Undergraduate Putu Setiawan, who moderates all the comments on his blog, said that because 'a code is self-imposed, it is completely up to the bloggers to apply it to their blogs'.

Junior college student Liselle Law, 17, added that 'suggested blogging etiquette can be published, but I don't think it should be so rigid and have bloggers follow it almost like the law'.

But she was concerned that a code of conduct would 'take away the satisfaction from blogging'.

She added: 'I would feel like I am restricted to only being able to write certain things and that I would always have to watch what I say.'

The chairman of the new Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society, Mr Cheong Yip Seng, says the code of conduct would be 'good to have, but I'm not holding my breath'.

Mr Cheong, whose council intends to research into this space, said that 'an attempt should be made' at such a code, and that it 'is worth pursuing at some point'.

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