mhansen - 10:34 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
I see where you are coming from Ted. I still think thats between Google and Webmaster, not Google and the public. If they feel that strongly about protecting people, they should not list the site at all until the issue is resolved, not permantly tarnish the reputation of a mostly innocent website owner.
They are taking on even more of a role of Internet Police and watchdog.
What is their definition of a "Hacker"? (assume the typical google gray area) In the article it states:
The intent can include phishing...(snip) or spamming (violating search engine quality guidelines to rank pages more highly than they should rank).
So the site owner bought a few links, and now ranks better. In Googles' gray area, link buyer may = hacker.
I DO understand the reason for this... but the methodology is wrong. If they feel the need to protect, then just remove the site from the index temporarily.