Definition of a Whitelist taken from Wikipidea:
A whitelist is a list or register of entities that, for one reason or another, are being provided a particular privilege, service, mobility, access or recognition. Whitelisting is the converse of blacklisting, the practice of identifying entities that are denied, unrecognised, or ostracised, and the term “whitelist[ing]” was formed by back-formation from “blacklist[ing]”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitelist
Web-o-trust is a system for whitelisting attorneys and other related professionals in a scalable fashion. Members of C.O.L.T create a web-o-trust profile, and so do their mentor(s) and fellow C.O.L.T. members. You can create your own whitelist of C.O.L.T members and services related to the law you trust and state the reasons why, or you can vote for an existing whitelist or poll. Each whitelist has its own starting point into the web-o-trust.
Additionally, attorneys also share their Google and Bing Link Disavowal files in order to help create a scalable list of blacklisted domains that members and researchers may upload as a pre-emptive method of avoiding future negative SEO attacks discussed here.
Circle of Legal Trust is a loose confederation of lawyers across the planet, and in particular in English common law countries. It trusts everyone listed in http://www.circleoflegaltrust.com database, and anyone they trust. If you want to get into this whitelist, look through that site file, to see if you know anybody represented there. Contact them on Google + Plus, and ask them to add you to their web-o-trust file, or if you are a lawyer, to consider you for membership.
The initial purpose of the web-o-trust is to make sure that there is a master list of C.O.L.T. members. In this way, the trusted C.O.L.T. badge can be verified by the public and by our admin easily. This assures that charlatans are not wrongly wearing our coveted Patch of Trust(™). The secondary reason is to allow those members who have valuable resources related to their particular law practice, to provide resources for their own white lists such as this legal Q&A website here: www.ehlinelaw.com You create an entry and enable whitelisting on your site profile. In time, if we get enough sources listed, it may be possible to apply a sanction to lawyers who have fallen outside of the web-o-trust via non compliance with the C.O.L.T. Quality Guidelines. For example, one might want to reject a lawyer who engages in linking schemes, or has allowed their site to index tags, archives and other duplicate pages, etc. Or one might want to review or vote upon a recommended source and vote against it.
This website, and web-o-trust files, are intended to be completely policy-neutral. The purpose is to include enough information in the file so that a multitude of users can prove they are vetted C.O.L.T. members, and an avenue for their whitelists to be easily found and accessed.
Trust is very important to establish and maintain. On the main site, we discuss lawyers helping lawyers in social, local and organic search. Here, we prove membership and list our whitelists. If you add resources, you control that list and state how much you think you can trust them. If you add lists willy-nilly, then you will probably lose trust with peers. You can whitelist by adding your post under your profile in the editor panel. Each C.O.L.T. member is assigned their own log in for such purpose, and it is a requirement of membership. YOu can choose to make the whitelist follow or no follow as far as the links out.
There’s a mailing list for discussion of the web-o-trust whitelist system. Send any email to subscribe or unsubscribe. firstname.lastname@example.org