contentwithcontent - 1:34 am on May 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
Google has even got you to rant. Nice post, but I disagree with you and agree with europeforvisitors in that the google webmaster guidelines are a great source of basic guidance. Are they "ethical" I don't know and don't care.
But I do know that if you follow the Google guidelines you don't make the big mistakes that others do.
The Google webmaster guidelines are no different in my mind then any set of recommendations on other websites on how to best interact with a site. Websites that give guidance to their users are great, the guidelines are Googles guidance to webmasters who wish to be ranked and included in their index.