Carsten at Search Engine Journal reports that the English Wikipedia has decided to add the nofollow attribute back to the English Wikipedia space. The decision came from the founder, Jimbo Wales, partially, if not completely, based on a discussion of a new SEO contest, where editors are warned of an onslaught spam, from SEOs and this contest. Joost also gets credit for spotting the news early, also explaining that SEOs are the cause for this.
Editor, A. B., sums up the reason SEOs are targeting the Wikipedia is "In a nutshell, the goal is to "optimize" (i.e., spam) enough links around the [...]
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