That, I regret, is entirely possible. Here's a key paragraph in terms of how I'm looking at the spam issue for our purposes in this discussion:Eelke wrote: I think you misinterpreted that slightly.
I'm not saying this is Sam's only revenue stream (though I think I did say that he's not concerned about pagerank, which isn't true: "They usually target comments to old posts, so they won't show up to people reading the latest ones, though search engine spiders will spot them and index them."), but as an affiliate, he doesn't need to use pagerank alone. I think. In any case, nofollow would have zero effect on the process outlined in the above paragraph, which is what I was driving at.Sam the Spammer wrote: Here's why [Sam spams]. When Sam spams tons of blogs and sites with links to his sites - which are affiliates of bigger PPC sites - people see the links and, seeking some porn, pills or casino action, click through to his site, and from there to the parent site, which pays Sam for each person landing there. The PPC sites can see revenues of £100,000 to £200,000 per month, says Sam. He gets a slice of that - and he wants it to stay that way.
Note also that he distinguishes himself from e-mail spammers by a technicality, not by an entirely different marketing agenda.
I'm discounting this because "[w]hen a new blog format appears, it can take less than ten minutes to work out how to comment spam it. Write a couple of hundred lines of terminal script, and the spam can begin." Additionally, neither WordPress 1.5 nor WordPress 2.0 have found themselves immune from comment spam on the strength of nofollow alone, and it was with the rollout of WordPress MU/2.0 that WordPress as an organization implemented Akismet.Eelke wrote: That's why I said Olympus needs to be sufficiently different from phpBB2 (so that automated spamming scripts break) for this to work out.