ZydoSEO - 5:47 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Funny you reference a thread that you started, but okay. And even if someone at Google says that it can't (or can) doesn't mean that is true either. They dont always tell the truth (Cutts... PR sculpting works... then a year after they "supposedly" changed how PR is handled when links on a page are nofollowed, he finally announced PR sculpting no longer worked and hadn't been working for over a year).
Anyway, let me rephrase...
Based on my experience working with sites for large brands like LendingTree, large lead gen sites with 10s of thousands or 100s of thousands of pages, medium and large ecomm sites, small lead gen sites, small business websites, and even personal blogs (basically, the entire gammet)... I have never once seen one shred of evidence that would support the "hypothesis" that noindexing one or even dozens of pages on a site has adversely affected that site's rankings in any way.