Brett_Tabke - 5:01 am on Feb 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
agreed tedster. Lets bookmark this thread and when the whiners start about the no outing / no linking to SERPs policy we point them back here and remind them IT COULD BE THEM and that policy was here to protect them as well as the Overstocks.
The incident, according to Overstock, stemmed in part from its practice of encouraging websites of colleges and universities to post links to Overstock pages so that students and faculty could receive discounts on the shopping site. Overstock said it discontinued the program on Feb. 10, before hearing from Google, but said some university webmasters have been slow to remove the links.
Which certainly does not violate G's guidelines in any way that I can see.
The only thing it did is shame Google into action. aka BOWLING still works.