kapow - 10:12 am on Nov 27, 2001 (gmt 0)
My 'current' understanding is that there is no way to penalise a site apart from what is actually on the site. I know that there are rumors to the contrary, but put your self in the SE's shoes (no pun intended) I bet they get millions of attempts to penalise sites. You would quickly reolise that this was going on and remove any such penalty from the algorithm. The same has been said for FFAs or Link Farms - I believe that the major SEs do not approve of them and so do not give any advantage (or dissadvantage) to links from FFAs, it was said that sites listed in FFAs got penalised. If this were true then all of the unethical SEOs / WebMasters would submit all of their competitors to FFAs.