You mind jumping off my back again, my statement is most definitely true.
@backdraft7 That over encompassing exaggerated statement may hold SOME truth but it most definitely is not 100% true. Not everyone did that and some still managed to rank in Google regardless of SEO ignorance. Some sites just had that certain something everyone loved and linked to and Google picked up on that too. Granted it wasn't the norm that ranking sites weren't playing to the SE algos, but it wasn't an absolute either.
What you could say which is more accurate is that sites in highly competitive areas that didn't cater to and attempt to manipulate the algos didn't rank, which I'll pretty much agree.
P.S. Be respectful of the other members, esp. the ladies, it's a discussion and nobody is 'on your back'. Discuss the topics and not the people.