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I answered a question here: Parsing HTML to fix microtypography & glyph issues and remember remarking to my "somewhat-friend" that I was happy because the links didn't contain rel=nofollow. He's done some good work, the links are relevant, and I think he deserves the the search engine juice, I was ecstatic that the SO algs. agreed.

Recently my post was edited to be in a form that the editor found more attractive. Now the links are all tagged rel=nofollow.

My questions are:

  • Does editing a post reset or affect the decision to apply rel=nofollow to outgoing links
  • Even if the links are all to the same place as they were pre-edit?
  • Can I revert the edit to get the original state back
  • (or was I just mis-reading code a while back and they've always been tagged)
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Please don't revert it. The post looks much better as edited - inline links with no text descriptions look horrible. You can't even guarantee that a rollback will remove the nofollow links, as a rollback actually creates a new revision. –  animuson Jan 22 '13 at 19:21
    
Related Remove nofollow on links deemed reputable –  Martin Smith Jan 22 '13 at 19:58
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While I can't give out specific details of how nofollow removal works due to exploitation, I can say that an edit does push links in a post back in to nofollow territory. After a bit of time and community vetting nofollow will be removed again.

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As a followup, it's been almost two months since the post was edited (not changing link destinations at all) by someone with more karma than me (he's at 9k+ now) and the links are still rel=nofollow. I think this does a disservice to the internet at large. –  preinheimer Mar 13 '13 at 0:36
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