Killing SPAM – The NSFW HTML Attribute

By December 29, 2006Innovation

We got an e-mail from our Web site host prodiver, PJ Doland who indicates he’s developed a new way to kill objectionable content on Web sites.

Have you ever accidentially clicked on a link that takes you to a place where you didn’t expect and worried that your boss might find out? Well, PJ proposes the following solution.

Called the NSFW directive, which stands for “not safe for work.” This attribute follows Google’s HTML attribute of “nofollow” which is generally applied by most blog software to comment and trackback content before it is posted. This minimizes the incentive for comment spamming as a means of improving a site’s PageRank status.

PJ’s new attribute has several exciting implications for content creators and site visitors:

Content creators can now apply the attribute to hyperlinks. Visitors will be able to configure their browsers to warn them, or stop them, before continuing on to URLs flagged with the attribute.

Content creators can now apply the attribute to image tags. Visitors will be able to configure their browsers to block display of images flagged with the attribute.

Congratulations PJ! Best of luck in this going mainstream.

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  • Devil's Advocate says:

    …And a content creator (who wants his stuff seen by as many as possible) would apply this attribute because…?