Shaddows - 10:01 am on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
That is exactly what I said earlier
No, you said
I also strongly believe that if a site with proper on-page SEO for her niche terms had engaged in some targeted backlink building (prior to this update) they would have blown her out of the water
I'm saying that that is not necessarily true, bacause on-topic, organic links are powerful, as is content. Google deliberately rewards those.
Structure, coding and the rest help Google in correctly understanding the content. That's SEO, Google style.
Paid, swapped or otherwise built links not legitimate ways to get pages to rank, according to G.
Another unpolished diamond?
Nope, its a Google fail. Google does that, paticularly mid-update. However, you don't have to think Google is perfect in order to see faulty assumptions elsewhere.
Not @irishsolar particularly
It's funny how many people say they do x,y,z as it is necessary for ranking, but also that they have never violated quality guidelines.