Shaddows - 9:47 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
In fact I would go further. Google is actively trying to negate all that stuff that is being claimed as "necessary" by some.
I suggest while it may not have been necessary, it was certainly powerful. The result is that many, many sites were ranking higher than they would be without these powerful tools.
Google has reduced the effect of some tools on some sites, causing major headaches for some. Like many things, just because it feels like a penalty, doesn't make it true.
Being in the top 0.002% is still pretty good.