FranticFish - 7:25 am on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
It's been said many times, but I'll say it again.
Why can't Google just ignore links it doesn't trust? Wouldn't that be enough for the 'good' sites with 'good' links to rise above the 'bad' sites that have 'bad' links?
If they're identifiable for the purposes of de-ranking sites (penalties) they're identifiable for the purposes of being ignored.
The whole thing makes absolutely no logical sense whatsoever.
"Our algorithm seeks out and rewards quality content and links... except when it doesn't and instead it seeks out and punishes questionable content and links."
Does not compute.
Either they're admitting their algorithm has serious flaws (which is self-evident from the spam I see ranking in every niche I've ever looked at ever), or they're a bunch of vindictive meddlers, or both.