Did you know about Page Spam and Spam Stuffing? No? Well the first "is entire documents consisting of Spam", while the latter "is material inside otherwise good documents, but which is not meant to be read by people"
The issue for me has always been: can some form of spam be eliminated without taking a lot of "civilian casualties".
I don't expect any SE is going to talk about that openly -- it would just be giving aid to the enemy. So the proof will be in the relevance of the SERP. I've got my Opera "Super Search" set for AllTheWeb side-by-side with Google. To my view, Google is winning.
Hiya, Alltheweb are norwegian, So it was probably a norwegian, but you've gotta give her/him kudos for effort, writing spam policys in one's second language isnt exactly possible with altavista translation.
>English was not the firt language of whomever wrote that policy
While that may be true I don't think it's the point here. Fast got offices in the US and a subsidaryin the UK, WmW member Stephen Baker as well as Alltheweb's Press staff are native English speakers.
The explanation given here are not aimed at SEO pros. This policy is something that tries to accomplish two goals: Give the press some fodder, cover the bases and try to scare the amateur web marketeers.
It's not by accident that Fast put this document up at a time where Google adresses this issue publicly.