tedster - 7:47 pm on Aug 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
It might be a play to increase inbound links altogether, but reciprocals have only been low-level links for a long time. Maybe they "missed seeing the memo."
Why would reciprocal links be useful as a Panda defense? I haven't heard of backlinks being involved in the Panda algorithm - at least not from a trusted source. What I have heard has only been part of the general guessing game.