[uf-discuss] Theme designer woes

Andy Skelton skeltoac at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 22:19:56 PDT 2006

Hi again uf-discuss! I came across rel="designer" in a WordPress blog
theme and it struck me that this could help alleviate the problem of
artificially high numbers of incoming links causing some blogs to be
banned from ranking services such as Technorati.

This could be improved to encompass more default links, as Tantek
suggests below. I'm interested in what this list can add.

Andy Skelton

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tantek Çelik <tantek at tantek.com>
Date: Aug 3, 2006 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: Theme designer woes
To: Andy Skelton <skeltoac at gmail.com>

Andy, I agree that this is definitely a problem, not only for theme
designers but also for the "lead developers" like Matt who are in the
blogroll by default.  Matt is one of my good friends, and this problem has
been perplexing me pretty much since I started at Technorati :(

Your suggestion of using a rel value to indicate that the link goes to the
designer of the template is an interesting one.

I'm wondering if we should have some more generic term that indicates that
the link was part of the template, and thus could apply it to other links.

Would you mind if we moved this discussion to the microformats-discuss
mailing list?  I would prefer to develop this microformat out in the open.



On 8/3/06 11:43 AM, "Andy Skelton" <skeltoac at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Tantek,
> At WordPress.com we're trying to tackle the problem of theme designers
> being banned from Technorati. We made the first move by adding
> rel="designer" to the links in the theme footers. Is this something
> you can use?
> If you do find this useful, we'll push for broad adoption among designers.
> Cheers,
> Andy

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