Where is the love Wikipedia?
I used to love Wikipedia as a source of information. It is like a living and breathing self feeding organism built by the very people that use it. A brilliant form of an online community. However, it is starting to cut its nose off despite its face and now I am losing my love for it.
First there was the rel=“no follow” story. In an attempt to stop spam, the chiefs of Wikipedia decided to attach the rel= “no follow” attribute to every outbound link so that external sites do not enjoy the SEO benefit of the link. It is fine to try and combat spam, but it is not fine to show no link love to the very sites that have contributed to its success. How many bloggers have provided unconditional links to Wikipedia, contributing to its great success in search engine rankings? Most of us have. Wikipedia is now acting like a link sponge, absorbing all the nice inbound links from other sites, but not allowing any links in return (thanks to the rel=“no follow” tag).
Now do-gooders are insisting on removing links to external sources from Wikipedia pages totally. I own a food related website that contains many free recipes. Most of these recipes are from my own family. I added an external link to the bottom of a Wikipedia page on scones to a scone recipe on my site. My site contains no affiliate links apart from two recipe books from Amazon. It makes very little money. The link to my recipe added value to the user experience because people who are reading the Wikipedia scone page might actually want a scone recipe and I was providing an excellent one for free. I have received a lot of positive feedback for this particular recipe from people who have tried it. Rather then being grateful for me contributed to Wikipedia, someone has removed that link to my scone recipe and given no reason as to why.
So I’m afraid I no longer love you Wikipedia as you show no love for anyone else. I will no longer provide unconditional links to you. And I will be attaching the rel:“no follow” tag to any existing links to you. It was good while it lasted, but you are now a distant memory.