n00b1 - 4:21 pm on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
I dunno. I have a few and know of more sites with the same scenario - plenty of Wikipedia cites, entries in DMOZ, and thus heavily scraped, and none of them seem to be getting link notifications or being slapped (and I've asked) There must be a ginormous number of sites with the same circumstances. I just can't shake loose the thought that there's something else going on here.
I would love to know what that something else is, though. I did mention on another thread on this issue that I also had a large number of links from a forum I participate in. There was a link (dofollow) to my homepage if you click on my name on the forums. The forum was completely on topic and this link was useful as it allowed people to access my site for further reading. I was/am considered a 'resident expert' on the topic on that forum.
The thing is I do post a lot and then realised that Google was picking up around 4000 backlinks from that one source - that might well have looked manipulative. I removed the link when you click my name but Google hasn't recrawled all of the posts yet so according to WMT it still 'sees' around 1000 links from this to my homepage.
I mentioned this and the Wikipedia scrapers in my successful reconsideration request which led me to believe it was one of these issues that was causing a problem. How old are the sites that you see in the same circumstance regarding listing on Wikipedia and DMOZ?