freejung - 4:19 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Is this a forum about the worldwide web or some kind of stupid quiz show?
I think this is a separate topic. The policy against links and the policy against niche-specific or keyword-specific comments are not necessarily tied together.
I would be in favor of relaxing the policy on niche-specific comments. I think it would often be very useful to discuss what's going on in a particular niche, and to refer to specific search terms -- especially now that different people are seeing very different results for the same terms.
Presumably the disadvantage of this is that you find out who your competition is? But you probably already know that, at least to some extent, and if you're worried about your competitors getting inside info on you, don't participate in such discussions.
I think the SEO analysis threads would be much more productive if you could say "hey, check out what's going on in the SERPS for 'red widgets'! Isn't that weird?" - "Yeah, I'm seeing that in 'fuzzy green doodads' as well, let's see if we can figure out what those terms have in common..."