michaelj72 - 4:33 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
steerpikegg said: "...The hyperlink is the core principle of the web and the foundation of the whole idea of sharing information. Imagine the web without freedom to link to anything you like (I'm not talking about hotlinking images or stealing content, just linking to take the user from one place to another) - there wouldn't be one..."
here here! I totally agree. and one of the Moderators here at WebmasterWorld made the same point a few days ago in another thread, I wish I could find it, rather eloquent too.
that all these dependences on links (for valuation - by google) and now google's penguin and panda and all these 'demands' are going to have very chilling effects on anyone/web masters thinking about linking out and 'does it have to be no-follow' or 'what does the anchor text have to be now' or will the rules of the game change in 6 months or 2 years again, will i get penalized for doing it this way or that, should i even every exchange links any more etc etc.....