They do make sense but you don't see them a lot here because we're set up so all those links require moderation and we don't have any moderators consistently going through the new links (with tens of thousands of pending links, it's an overwhelming thing to start doing).
Originally Posted by 01101001
Mainly the idea is to get a citation link in the thread if it's been cited somewhere else and for that use I think it's excellent.
Unfortunately about 3/4 of the links are to quote farms, sites that looks like the only thing they do is quote the start of articles, posts, etc. and make a link to them so they can get a link back and thus get high rating in the search engines so their ads will be seen.
My policy when moderating these links has been to remove links to link farms, remove cross-links between www.bautforum.com and bautforum.com as well as internal links caused by one thread citing another.
I have allowed links from all real discussion fora, including such as thunderbolts and glp, because I've considered it useful knowledge that there's been a cite there.
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