I like links. I like to recieve links and being a generous so and so I’m happy to give them.
Links form the chain that holds the web together.
If someone goes to the trouble of including a link – within an article, a blog post, forum message or reply comment I expect it’s because they felt someone reading the piece might be interested. Maybe there’s an element of promotion to the link but that figures – adding a relevant link IS a vote of confidence. An irrelevant anchor text rich link will be ignored by most folk with half an ounze of gumption.
Why then is the insistance of rel=no follow become default on many “of the shelf” blogs?
To reduce spam – How so that be? The no follow relationship is invisible to viewers so they’re none the wiser as to if the link will be of value or not.
So the Pasty Muncher is please to announce that it welcomes comments from far and wide and they can be assured a dofollow link should they be included.
I first tried http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nofollow-free but it requires manual editing to remove the no follow – poor show.