CainIV - 7:44 am on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
On my home page, I'm doing something kinda spammy. And by spammy, I mean it seems to work just fine thank you very much.
You sound surprised by this. There are lots of tactics you could use to rank well for local terms that increase rankings and also reduce risk tolerance against a manual review.
It's not that some of those types of things do not work. It is that often pushing the boundaries on those types of changes, when they are quite obviously not there for the consumer, can raise the amount of risk for the website. How much, remains to be seen.