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(Yes, the title is obviously hyperbole. See comments below.)

In this comment, Shog9 confirms that all links from meta sites to outside the Stack Exchange network are marked with rel=nofollow, causing them to pass no pagerank to the target sites.

Yes, that includes even these external links in our highest-scoring post, FAQ for Stack Exchange sites:

External links

Actually, the first one of those isn't nofollowed, since it points to blog.stackoverflow.com and is therefore exempt. But, even though we rate those pages as valuable enough to list them in our FAQ index, not one single drop of "link juice" is passed to them from anywhere on MSE. Surely the authors of those pages — which include ESR and our very own Jon Skeet — deserve better treatment than that?

(Note: If you'd like to easily see for yourself how many of the links on SE sites are nofollowed, install this user script which gives them a cheery and seasonal red hue.)

The mission of Stack Exchange is supposed to be about "making the Internet a better place". We're not doing that when we tell Google and other search engines to ignore links to sites which our community — including the meta community — clearly considers to be useful resources.

I hereby propose that the "logic that removes nofollow" from certain posts considered to be sufficiently reliable be also applied on MSE and the per-site metas. I'm OK with setting a higher threshold for nofollow removal on meta sites, if the SE staff feel it's needed, but "higher" should not mean "impossible".

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Pro-tip: using "tyranny" to describe any website behaviour is always over the top. Sometimes that's okay, though. :) –  Anna Lear Dec 16 '13 at 17:06
Ps. While I generally consider those trite old "would the downvoter please comment" requests pointless at best, this time I am genuinely curious. If you think the current behavior is, in fact, desirable, I'd really like to hear your reasons why. –  Ilmari Karonen Dec 16 '13 at 17:17
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Think about it this way, by doing this you give more power to search engines, while in some way stack exchange is also a search engine.

So the reason of doing this could be to fight competition.

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...so the way to make the internet a better place is by sabotaging the "competition"? That's a really shady stance. Also, I don't think search engines are competion; they're rather funnels that generate lots of traffic for stackexchange. –  Eamon Nerbonne Jul 4 at 12:24
@EamonNerbonne I think that I agree with you now –  Ilya_Gazman Jul 4 at 13:40
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