Whitey - 10:38 am on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
G should stop the numeric filters/penalties (-40, -50, minus-whatever-they-are) and rely on a fair and objective means of detecting link quality and use it to minimize/stop PageRank passage from questionable pages/domains
I think they can't , otherwise they wouldn't need to engage FUD. Providing a lethal detterent like a public hanging is enough to make any brand think twice on link buying tactics. In yet all the big SEO agencies encourage it, and all the big sites in competitive verticals that I observe do it.
Me thinks it's life on the permanent edge for many.