The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 January 2005

Following "nofollow"

Tuesday night I installed the "nofollow" plug-in for Movable Type, a routine which blocks participating search engines from indexing the links in comments and TrackBacks, making the efforts of comment spammers even less productive.

The plug-in isn't designed for versions of MT as old as this, so I was watching for anomalies, and I did find one: its placement of the new REL tags affected the appearance of my TrackBack window, though not the content. (Basically, it managed to trap out the CSS DIV used for TrackBack text.) This is exceedingly minor, but exceedingly minor is actually within my capabilities, so I rewrote the template slightly.

Anything else I notice will be passed on, for the benefit of others on this venerable platform.

Posted at 10:47 AM to Blogorrhea

So that's what happened! I don't think it's your old version of MT.

I noticed the other day that my trackbacks that post underneath the weblog post went from being right justified to left justified. The font also looks slightly larger.

It didn't occur to me until I read your post, that it happened around the same time I installed "nofollow".

It's not a huge deal, but it was a quirck nonetheless. And my MT is 3.14 for the record.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 10:40 AM on 28 January 2005

Well, at least we know what the issue is, and it's a relatively easy fix.

Last night I put in the 3.15 patch to block the comment-notification exploit. Let's see what that does.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:59 AM on 28 January 2005