It’s NOT? My, that’s quite remarkable. Yes, you would naturally assume they are “no follow.” The outcome of the current formatting of course, is to significantly boost the Technorati ranking of any blog that allows the display of these links, as the automated posts count just as much as a human-chosen link. I would expect that will be changed, but it might not be within the next couple of months. The Recent Comments widget used to work that way until I pointed it out to someone on staff and then POOF.
We’ll see about this, though. WP.com obviously has every reason to reward people who do use the feature vs those who don’t. But Google and Technorati sometimes feel differently about these kinds of things. I would hate for Google to give us all a write-down over this.
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