ascensions - 10:29 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
If such is the case, then they need to come out and say it. Beyond the guise of their usually ambiguity. (Unless I've missed something, and if I have, please point it out.) A lot of "box" software now includes nofollow due to Google's original implementation of it.
Last I heard was this from Matt:
There's no stigma to using nofollow, even on your own internal links; for Google, nofollow'ed links are dropped out of our link graph; we don't even use such links for discovery.
With that said, I've seen a regression on many sites that used to be strictly nofollow, that have returned to follow.
Though I personally, went from article=follow/comments=nofollow to all nofollow following Panda thinking I had triggered something bad. It's not changed. I've also not recovered. I assumed nofollow was safer. Like I say, if the opposite of such is true they need to at least give their usually nudge, nudge, wink, wink so we can implement the changes.