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I've just stumbled upon this answer at SU which links against a site with very poor reputation at WOT (including warnings for viruses, phishing and the like).

Should we replace those links, should we remove them or let them be?

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In doubt, always flag for moderator, I love checking the flags (this first week, at least). –  Gnoupi Jul 13 '10 at 13:06
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Could you explain what WOT is, or at least spell it out? –  Pops Jul 13 '10 at 18:38
    
@Popular Demand: Oh yeah, sorry, Web of Trust...added link. –  Time Traveling Bobby Jul 13 '10 at 18:41
    
Grazie! –  Pops Jul 13 '10 at 18:53

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  1. Add a comment informing the OP. Encourage them to change the link themselves to something similar, but without the warnings (if possible). Temporarily edit out the link (if it is extraneous), or modified it as outlined below if it is critical to the post. Make sure you leave a comment that tells them what you modified.
    If it a new user, you might want to tell them how to edit their posts as well.

  2. My personal (completely unsanctioned) solution would be editing

    http://possibly-dangerous-link.com/
    to
    (ED: I received a spoofing alert from the following link.) http:_//possibly-dangerous-link.com/

  3. If the link if formatted

    "an example found here"
    to
    "an example found at the following link: (ED: I received a spoofing alert from the following link.) http:_//possibly-dangerous-link.com/"

Replace "spoofing" with whatever warning you received.

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I'm not sure I agree with "Make sure you give them ample time to do this", as a link to a spam, malware, or spyware site is a serious broken window, and just bad business. I don't want people saying "I went to SuperUser.com and got a virus". I like your solution though. –  C. Ross Jul 13 '10 at 13:27
    
@C. Ross: good point. edited. –  devinb Jul 13 '10 at 13:58
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edited the given example with something similar to your suggestion. I left the link available only to editors, it's not visible to the rest of users, and replaced by a notification like yours. Didn't leave a comment, since the "revision" in itself should be enough to notify. –  Gnoupi Jul 13 '10 at 15:06
    
@Gnoupi, only if the poster knows how to edit and view revision history. But I agree, that link was sketchy. –  devinb Jul 13 '10 at 15:14

If this DB is programmatically acceptable, then should the Stack Exchange engine automatically query it for all URLs submitted, and add an appropriate warning for suspect links?

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There is a WOT API that allows you to programmatically obtain the "reputation" of a given site. T&Cs apply to it which may not be ideal for SO. This answer might be better off posted as a separate feature request. –  Andy E Jul 13 '10 at 15:20
    
I agree with Andy. That would make a pretty interesting feature request...especially since most spammers would be also caught with it. –  Time Traveling Bobby Jul 13 '10 at 21:31

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