fathom - 11:24 am on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Regardless of any impact you may or may not produce we are discussing very different things here.
To say you can harm someone (small or large I really don't care) by soliciting the help of other website owners (whether knowingly or unknowingly) where you are abusing their offered services to create economic sabotage on a 3rd party ... you cannot really "suggest" you cannot be held accountable?
I don't buy that. I sure love to see you win that in a court of law.
A ponzi scheme is a great deal for the early adopters but that doesn't mean it is legal.
Sadly, academic debate will not produce an absolute answer... but I believe the economic cap of Neg SEO is a couple of people will try it... learn that a positive result does not imply a sustainable result and also learn the law can harm them much more easily.
It is easy for you to make a decision to "risk it" for yourself... you are unlikely to sue yourself if you lose... correct?
But when you intentionally "risk it" to do harm to others - I'm sure you can find a way but that is judged on a different scale so it isn't fair to say "if I can to this to myself" - "others can do it to others".
Can you... sure OK I'll agree some morons will try... will you?