Andy_Langton - 9:23 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Some very good points there, Robert. The whole idea is confused and unhelpful IMO.
help...marketers... decide whether to acquire certain links
So, it's to help you decide whether to "acquire" a jolly natural link from someone? No, it's to make sure you don't accidentally-naturally-acquire a bad link?
If the data exactly matched Google's own spam detection it might be a different matter, but as far as I can tell, it will either need to be extremely basic (i.e. identify very obvious hacked/#*$!/drug-related links) or it will be making questionable judgements about websites and encouraging webmasters to act upon that information.
Frankly, the people most likely to benefit from a tool that attempts to replicate Google's link spam judgements are link spammers. Run your link database through SEOMoz before you fire up Xrumer.