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rel external nofollow

I was recently dismayed to discover that my comments on a GIS blog that I follow were not being included (in googles files) as links back to my site. To explain ... a google search of "" returned 0 results. I noticed that comment posts with a website were given the rel attribute with a value of "external nofollow" which causes the search engine to not follow the poster's link. It appears to be largely a wordpress phenomenon.
I agree with this blogger at the jackol's den that this is unfair to people who are not spammers and who provide a potentially valuable comment. There is also apparently a plugin for Wordpress that will deal with the offending bit of code.