Ralph_Slate - 4:44 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
@idolw, Google needs to offer a link disavow tool because it is clear that they are penalizing people for having certain backlinks instead of just ignoring or disregarding those links. (If they didn't penalize, then it's the same situation you described, people would throw a lot of links up to see what sticks).
Someone linked to 10 deep pages on my site on a message forum. The links are blogroll-style, but because it is a message forum, they appear on 25,000 different posts. That shows up as 250,000 links to my site from a single site. To top it off, the site is hosted on one of those generic message forum sites, which I have to believe must be a flag itself (i.e. the topic of the top domain is "forum" instead of "widget forum").
This message forum hasn't been used since 2009. I have tried contacting the forum owner but you can't get the information of the owner without joining, and you can't join without the forum owner's approval.
Are those 250,000 links to my site hurting me in Penguin's eyes? I have no idea, but I did not request that link, I didn't approve it, I don't need it, and I don't care to have it. I want to disavow it in the hopes that my penalty gets lifted. Why shouldn't I have an avenue to do this?