Reno - 2:27 am on Apr 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
you will lose!
The key I think, is to not care. That is a big part of my problem and perhaps others as well ~ we put our hearts and souls into our sites and feel personally betrayed because we followed the guidelines and have been slapped down by others who play loose & fast with the rules ~ apparently with Google's blessings.
So if I go the route of lots of affilate-database type sites ~ and I very well may after Panda ~ then it will be with the understanding of making some money, then moving on. Get in, get out: "Wham bam, thank ya' ma'am".