tedster - 5:23 pm on Jan 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
I do look at TBPR when considering links - in either direction. But it's only one factor out of many. For example, if a domain has been live for a year and their home page shows a gray bar, that might indicate they've been up to something manipulative.
Even a white bar can be fine with me, if the topic of the site is on-theme and the content shows quality.