Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Internet
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- Mary Rose de Vega
Manual of style - should we using lower case "internet"?
Hello! I was wondering if any members of the WikiProject could kindly take a look at the review for this article that I nominated. I listed it in the WikiProject as mid importance. With many kind thanks --[E.3][chat2][me] 15:01, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Call for portal maintainers
Are there any editors from this WikiProject willing to maintain Portal:Internet? The Portals guideline requires that portals be maintained, and as a result numerous portals have been recently been deleted via MfD largely because of lack of maintenance. Let me know either way, and thanks, UnitedStatesian (talk) 06:59, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
Request for information on WP1.0 web tool
Hello and greetings from the maintainers of the WP 1.0 Bot! As you may or may not know, we are currently involved in an overhaul of the bot, in order to make it more modern and maintainable. As part of this process, we will be rewriting the web tool that is part of the project. You might have noticed this tool if you click through the links on the project assessment summary tables.
We'd like to collect information on how the current tool is used by....you! How do you yourself and the other maintainers of your project use the web tool? Which of its features do you need? How frequently do you use these features? And what features is the tool missing that would be useful to you? We have collected all of these questions at this Google form where you can leave your response. Walkerma (talk) 04:24, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
Blog Networks are not Link Farms
A few years ago someone proposed combining the Blog Network article with the Link Farm article, which is completely inappropriate. Unfortunately I and other people who know the difference don't monitor the Link Farm page.
Link farms have nothing to do with blog networks and vice versa. By definition a link farm is merely a group of sites that all link to each other - from special "reciprocal links" pages or groups of such pages. The original link farm was called Buddy Links and the pages were manually created and sent out to members every week. Subsequent link farms were created through special software that pushed out the linking pages.
The original link farms did not violate search engine guidelines and were not intended as spam. They were used to keep pages indexed in highly volatile search indexes. Search engines like Google and Yahoo eventually updated their policies to forbid the practice and link farming died. The end of link farms came more because of abuse of the software creating them than because of the search engines' objections to them.
Blog networks used for linking intentionally do NOT link to each other. The commercial blog networks attempt to avoid detection by search engine algorithms by not reciprocating links among themselves. Private blog networks are harder to describe but many are created by "turnkey systems" that spit out a ton of blogs.
It is more appropriate to call them Private Linking Networks.
The PBNs/PLNs usually do not interlink with each other. The spammers instead inject links into hundreds or thousands of other sites to point to their network blogs. They may also submit the blogs to RSS directories and other directories for links.
I have not edited the article as I write this because the bad merger has been in place for so long. I'm leaving this comment and adding the page to my Watch list. If someone else wants to comment and offer a suggestion for how the blended article can be improved, I'm willing to consider that before proposing a new article be created.
I agree with Michael Martinez that a "blog network" is very different from a Link farm, and the pages should not have been merged. However, and this may be part of the challenge, it seems that I might have a different point of view. To me, a blog network is a network of different blog sites that are all affiliated under a single umbrella. The authors may choose to affiliate. Or a corporation or organization may create a network of blogs on different topics or subjects. To me, a "link farm" is a set of sites typically used now for creating links in an attempt to influence search engine rankings. Regardless of perspective, I do agree they are two different things. -Dyork (talk) 02:54, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
Perhaps the solution has been sitting in front of us the whole time. The topics in this article fall under Spamdexing (not really a word used outside of Wikipedia but that's a whole different discussion). Why not merge this article into Spamdexing? That would be the simplest way to fix this problem. Michael Martinez (talk) 14:03, 8 January 2020 (UTC)