The terms "Spam" and "LinkSpam" have become perjoratives - even extreme perjoratives - on the Internet given the degradation of the browsing experience that they represent. It is not difficult to understand the stigma that goes along with being a "Spammer".
Wikipedia, in its own definition of LinkSpam goes a bit farther. In Wikiworld LinkSpam is any link that:
...takes advantage of link-based ranking algorithms, such as Google's PageRank algorithm, which gives a higher ranking to a website the more other highly-ranked websites link to it.
Being one of the most visited sites on the web, and linking to it being easier than writing out and maintaining one's own definition pages, Wikipedia's definition is powerfully supported by the fact that Google links to it.
But what does Google or any other entity link to when they link to Wikipedia? They link to a page that is open edited on a continuing basis with a few persons checking off on the changes when they can find the time. From one day to the next Google has no idea what precisely is the content of the page.
Again, Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites on the Internet. This creates an interesting example of convenient reasoning: being a "highly-ranked website", any link that has been removed from it can be labeled "LinkSpam" because it was presummably posted at Wikipedia in order to "take advantage of link-based ranking algorithms, such as Google's PageRank algorithm". Because any user can remove a link that they personally find unacceptable, without having to cite any specific rule that prohibits it, each of the thousands of registered users of Wikipedia individually defines whether a link meets the criteria of Spam or not. In Wikiworld LinkSpam, it turns out, is nothing but a link a registered user of Wikipedia does not like. And because Spam - as was mentioned above - is a perjorative of the first order, that registered user is released to publically defame an unwelcome guest as a "Spammer". How convenient!
This is exactly the present situation. If your link has been removed you are a Spammer. Let the matter lie and perhaps it won't be too highly publicized. Perhaps your browsing information won't be tracked in order to network an end to your access to the Internet. If your link has not been removed, you are not - at least until another user with a different set of personal interests comes along and declares the link to be Spam.
Other more legitimate terms, such as "reverted link," are available, and perfectly expressive, but it doesn't have the force of defamation - and it is clear that that is the point. Not only is it a wilfull attack, but, repeated in high-traffic Wiki chat-pages, it is an attempt to effect the reputation of a third party by the misuse of tools provided one through being registered with Wikipedia.
Variations upon this type of behavior are not at all uncommon in chat-pages, it is true, but can Wikipedia actually think that their "Administrator Chat" (or any Wikichat, for that matter) is just another chat page? That it need not hold itself to any standard? How, then, under such circumstances, can legitimate companies such as Google continue to support it? It is a sad day when Wikipedia stands quietly by and allows its users to defame third parties and to track them via their browsing information looking for vulnerabilities that might be exploited.
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