Shaddows - 9:39 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
No, I think content should be king. I certainly agree that polishing a diamond (cleaning crappy code) would improve the value. But if it is the best content in the niche, it should rank #1, regardless of the non-optimum platform that serves it.
As it goes, that is NOT what happens in general. Usually poorly executed sites suffer. Allowing content to shine was and is a legitimate SEO goal. But it is not what you were talking about earlier:
What should also be taken into account is that off-page SEO is designed to mimic what occurs naturally i.e. building backlinks deliberately in a way that would normally happen naturally in an ideal world.
As I say, its slipperly language usage to say Type-2 SEO (Active optimisation) deserves to outrank a site, just because there are easy Type-1 SEO (Passive good practice) wins.