Ok, rel=nofollow not followed today, but what do you mean by making it into an index, an SE index? If so, that is what's happening with these archive pages, they do show in the SE indexes. But like I pointed out; those archive pages, with the links in members' emails in them, have the rel=nofollow tag on them when using the http version of a URL/link. So how can the link be followed eventually with that tag on it?It may not be followed today, but if the document makes it into an index, it will be followed eventually.
Indeed. But that's all we can do. That's why I asked to sort of get 'votes' on which is better for the owners of the links.Conjecture? Yes. Is there a more certain answer? Probably.
The question is not whether or not the bot can "see" the URL, we know either way the bots "see" them. The question is how they are treated different after the bots see them. Are the non-clickable, non-http, non-coded, non-href'd links followed? If so, then that version would obviously be better.The way I reason it, anything Outlook can do, an indexing robot can do. Why would one not see the URL?