Wow. It looks like I have to rethink my strategy. I thought I was doing the right thing, but maybe not. I certainly don't want to be penalized, for using what I thought was a "good for the user" tactic.
It looks like I will be linking out far less frequently. Because I am getting tired chasing link rot. And I CERTAINLY don't want to do anything that Google disapproves of, knowingly.<edit>OR UNKNOWINGLY!,</edit>
[edited by: Sally_Stitts at 9:10 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2009]