Adam - Thank you for taking the time to post here. The negative comments regarding your suggestions are not shared by everyone here. Personally, I appreciate any tidbits you and the other Googlers care to pass on to us web publishers.
Steveb - Association does not prove cause and effect. Perhaps your site has a penalty and the other site outranking it is an effect, not a cause, of the penalty on your site.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 3:03 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2006]