Rollo - 9:07 pm on Jul 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google should really reconsider this business of penalizing for incoming links. It's just too high a burden and the loss of productivity will be enormous if one needs to check backlinks everyday and try to email webmasters to take down links for the reasons cited here - there's no way to control what others do with their websites.
Do you really want to create a situation where sites can blackmail each other or where one might have to file a lawsuit against another website to stop it from linking all the while wasting so much precious time on this silly chore? I think Webmasters have enough chores they have to keep up with. I can't think of a more demanding job than being a Webmaster as it is.
Bad, bad idea Google... just ignore the links you don't like and de-index the spammy pages that host them. There's just no need to open up this Pandora's Box.