I have a proposal for a new HTML element
<comment>. I’m possibly explaining the obvious here, but it would be used to wrap the comments on a webpage.
The behavior of the tag would be similar to a
Originally, I was thinking it would wrap each individual comment, as in:
<comment> I am a comment. </comment>
But it might work equally well or better to have a
<comments> element that wraps the entire comment section.
<comments> <div class="comment"> I am a comment. </div> <div class="comment"> Me too. </div> </comments>
The reasoning is similar to this proposal for ownership of content.
However, the main driving reason I am proposing this is for SEO considerations and the reduction of spam. My idea is that once website creators are using
<comment> tags for their comment sections, search engine web crawlers can then be made to recognize the comments on a page and not increase page ranking based on links from those comment sections. Since page ranking appears to be the primary motivator for spam comments, perhaps spam bot programmers would avoid comment sections that are wrapped in this new
<comment> tag. Even if they didn’t stop posting comments, the website that they are spamming for would not get rewarded for this annoying behavior.
And of course if a developer wanted to, they could make the
<comment> tag only wrap comments by new users or users that have not met some arbitrary criteria. That way legitimate users posting relevant links don’t have to be lost for the page-ranking algorithm.