atlrus - 4:01 pm on Aug 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google made up Pagerank, so they're free to set the standards. If Pagerank is important to you, then live by the standards or let go on Pagerank. If I invent NetmegRank (and I have, I just don't issue a badge or number, ork ork) then I get to set the standards, and if people are silly enough to put a value on that, then they gotta live up to my standards.
I agree with you, but NetmegRank's standards ought to be made public in order for this to work :)
I don't know of any PR standards, requirements, requisites or such. It's just a number that google shows about a specific page. I don't know how it came to be that particular number. Google doesn't tell me how it arrived to that number. And I am fairly certain there is nothing saying that you can't use the PR number for monetary gains.
The violations Cutts is talking about are not PageRank violations, because there are no PageRank guidelines or terms in order to violate them in the first place.