tedster - 8:13 pm on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Many "delicate topics" are discussed in one of the Supporters forums, but it's wouldn't be very nice to our non-supporters to have them participate in a public thread and then take that thread away.
With regard to anchor text and big brands - or really any site that has strong backlink equity - I've noticed recently that lots of keyword anchor text in backlinks isn't really needed to compete on non-brand terms, however SOME seems to be. I also see some signs that the same may be true for smaller businesses, but too many smaller business go out and hammer on keyword backlinks unnaturally and then they get wiped by Google.
If you are getting honorable backlinks and you still can have some influence over the anchor text, it really pays off to keep a light hand on the controls.