Boilerplate is still boilerplate, and they do look at it for a few different reasons. It's bizarre to think that they can't possibly weight it differently or that they can't possibly apply a different damping factor to elements that are duplicated sitewide - including navigation links.
tedster, in the first post:
I'll buy that as a possibility, and qualify part of a definition by whether or not it's boilerplate content, which is an element that is a form of duplicate content as part of all the pages when using it sitewide - as opposed to section-specific second-level navigation, rather than a fully meshed navigation structure.
BTW, here's another point to ponder about internal PR distribution:
When there are 5 or so *main* /subdirectory/ sections of a site, with links to the index pages of those subdirectories running sitewide, like in top or bottom or side boilerplate navigation, how come some of those subdirectories will have decent PR while others will be greyed on on the TB, even though pages inside the greyed out /subdirectory/ do have PR showing?
[edited by: Marcia at 11:49 pm (utc) on July 29, 2008]