BillyS - 1:17 am on Apr 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
IMO the display of TBPR skews the entire web, because many consult the ToolBar (or other source for published PR) before they even place or request a link and if the PR is not high enough in one direction the link, which would have otherwise been place, is withheld... It doesn't help people make good linking decisions which are based on the site (page) content... IMO It skews decisions and creates an imbalance.
I hope the above isn't still true. At one time I thought it was important to check out the PR green before linking to a site - but I stopped that habit about three years ago. Today, I'll link to any site that has useful information.
We're back to a PR6 with this update - which SEEMS to make sense given the number of links we've been attracting lately. (Our traffic doubled in December and the additional exposure has resulted in a lot of natural linking coming our way.)