Shaddows - 4:54 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
should we just disregard them an just do what works best for the site in question without worrying.
Very much so. Village Idiot SEO.
As goodroi stated above, the guidelines are there to stop you unwittingly tripping a penalty. It's a basic recipe for beginners, not the canon of best practice.