curioustoddler - 7:53 am on Jul 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
No anchor text to home is still home.Only link to homepage is from first link in header through the site and word is home.
For backlinks if may have to do with speed of backlinks.
I am willing to get rid of half of backlinks also. But the only thing i want to keep it is internal site navigation. Because that is more relavant and user friendly. We have removed all possible use of keywords from not just internal links ( removed widgets from blue widgets)but from content of site as well. And for this we had to never remove more than 3-4 words from any page.