How to make a convenient (clickable) link but one which does not advertise the target to search engines?

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    I thought all links were automagically nofollow, so what's the problem?
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 4, 2011 at 9:56
  • Why would you want that? May 4, 2011 at 10:07
  • @Ivo, For example, the link to "is.gd" on meta comment is not rel="nofollow", so that "all links are automatically nofollow" does not hold.
    – Vi.
    May 4, 2011 at 10:07
  • @Bobby, It should be useful when discussing malware/spam. /* Poor man's nofollow is like "hxxp://spam.example.com/malware.exe", but there should be a better mode */
    – Vi.
    May 4, 2011 at 10:09
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    Sorry for not being clearer: "Our policy is the same as Wikipedia's. You get a followed link in the "website" field of your user profile at 2000 reputation. Beyond that, everything outside the network is nofollowed as a simple matter of standard policy. Exactly like, and for all the same reasons as, Wikipedia."
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 4, 2011 at 10:13
  • @Vi: In that case there should never be a click- or easily followable link, it should always be garbled to protect the innocent. With garbled I mean it should not be able to be turned into a link automatically, like with Linkify (FF Addon). Humans should be able to revert the changes to retrieve it. May 4, 2011 at 10:19
  • example link 2
    – Vi.
    May 4, 2011 at 10:20
  • I get the impression you guys are talking about different things. My understanding of teh question is rel="nofollow" my understanding of the above comments is munged links.
    – Wes
    May 4, 2011 at 10:28
  • @Wes: No, Ivo and Vi are still talking about the same thing, I am talking about what to do with links which are linking against possible malicious content. May 4, 2011 at 10:48

1 Answer 1


Links are automatically nofollow, but not in preview (which confused me at first).

  • Automatic addition of rel=nofollow is depends on your reps, imho (but preview is not, that's correct, since google can't crawl your preview)
    – YOU
    May 4, 2011 at 10:22
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    @you we don't allow following links anywhere except on the user profile URL field, if you have 2k+ rep May 4, 2011 at 10:28
  • Ahh, @Jeff, I was trying with stackoverflow.com, which was inside link, thats why then.
    – YOU
    May 4, 2011 at 10:30

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