steerpikegg - 7:09 pm on Apr 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would not advocate rigidly following the guidelines. I would suggest you follow their intent of promoting quality content & good user experiences.
I see what you mean, and I do try to do this, but even when writing new content, I have a nagging concern about things like have I mentioned 'red widget' too many times and will be penalised for keyword stuffing.
It's things like this that concern me - things that benefit the end user, like a comprehensive navigation system that could end up causing your site to tank just because Google says no.