I think it's fair to say the OP is a weak example of the phenomenon being posited by other members.
Making it a pseudo-strawman to repeatedly knock down attempts to make parallel claims about other experiences is a disservice to other contributors.
I'm not sold on the idea that paid links have been returned to the blackhat aresnal. It would be crazy for Google to do so.
But I'd rather the debate was allowed to take in other experiences, rather than allowing the sole case of the OP to be used as an analogue for every other potential case.