of course I do, and that's why I do not have anything against these links to be removed from here, I'm just saying that spam would, IMHO, apply a bit more for someone selling things, or worst drugs or porn, here we only talk about how "badly" (according to the topic title since I do not fully agree with it) phpBB3 is SEOed.
I only concluded on how well it could, not like a genuine off topic spam IMHO.
But then, it's a matter of words, and I agree that there is a kind of a grey zone between what is spam and what it is not, and that's it's up to the forum team to decide for these.
It's only that, [spam removed] means a bit more than what I did, again IMHO. I mean, I'm not a spammer even though I do not hesitate to post links when I feel they meet the topic.
Anyway, to go back to the topic, there is something I did not say about phpBB3 and SEO. It's about the bots handling.
The possibility given by the bots sessions handling are great, but in the same time, I'm wondering if it's really worth it, if not dangerous.
First because some miss settings could lead to SID being indexed by bots, and then because of the possibility given to give bots enough right to see what guest cannot see.
Bot recognition is quite some more work to do than to just check if cookies are accepted and get rid of sid for all guests.
Then, we all know webmasterworld uses a similar feature without trouble, but this could as well be treated as cloaking by SE's, because in the end you serve different content for bots and guests.
I really find this feature interesting, but I'm not sure I'll be the first one to use it. Google is just so secret about cloaking and blacklisting, I don't think one can have enough trust right know to just see how it goes. At least it would be taking some risks.
What do you think. Hard to tell at least if this feature does help out or not SEO wise.