jeyKay - 3:07 am on Oct 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've mentioned it before, but a simple algo fix would be to measure not the just the PR of a page, but the PR flow *through* a page. If you equate PR to water pressure (e.g. pounds per square inch), then the more inbound links (increased pressure) to a page and the fewer links out of a page (pressure-reducing leaks), the better. But if instead you equate PR to water flow through a page, then both inbound and outbound links bring a ranking benefit.
..and I think that would somewhat address the issue Wheel has brought up. If there was a more "natural" flow to how links were being placed/given (reminiscent of the Web in the mid-late 90s) I think white-hat guys would be winning the race. Instead we are stuck with a web culture of social media pages (no-follow links galore) and sites linking out for all the wrong reasons.
Anyway, I feel your pain Wheel. All my efforts right now are trying to get links to my content for its value and uniqueness...but I still get lots of "what are you going to give me"s.
Anyone interested in a link, sticky me. I'll do my best with what I have, where it makes sense.