Reno - 3:12 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
if a site already has thousands of backlinks, going through the list
The question is whether it is worthwhile to help the majority of siteowners -- those who do not have thousands of backlinks -- to be in a better position with Google vis-a-vis their intentions (in other words, these are not links they want); or, does G focus on the considerations of the far fewer siteowners who have the huge volume of backlinks. Both sides have an argument to be made.
As to reverse engineering, it is generally believed that the algo has (at least) a hundred or more permutations, so I guess that some insight might be gleaned from this sort of feature in regards to this specific aspect of the ago (in all likelihood the people who do the reverse engineering have already figured out what kind of links can do damage -- that is why they can successfully attack a competitor). Still, if the experiences of some people on this forum can be extrapolated over the entire web, it seems a beneficial thing to do, to protect the innocent if nothing else. And there was a time when G professed to care about that sort of thing.