flicky - 8:07 pm on Feb 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
It is indeed an option as it states on the submission form, but that aside, I raise this other point...
What could I do to convince google that I've made a clear effort to fix this if they think I'm forcing webmasters to put something up and I haven't been? I'm sort of out of luck. There isn't any way to prove this.
I figure my best bet would be to contact my large email list of directory participants and have them do something with the link to me. Maybe remove any anchor text, just have them anchor to my domain instead of keywords, etc... then I can go to google and say "look, these backlinks aren't important to me... I contacted all of the webmasters and had them modify or remove them to prove that. I've also nofollowed all of them to prove they aren't bought".
think I have a chance?