tedster - 3:34 am on Sep 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm hearing a number of reports that backlink anchor text is dialed down a good bit.
I've almost never tried to mandate anchor text in any backlink - I wanted it to be normative or natural. So I can't verify this from the sites I work with. However, it would make a lot of sense if G is convinced that other relevance signals are strong enough.