1script - 4:14 am on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
I wonder if you can still use this glitch (and I'm sure it is a glitch) to still get some insight on the way Google treats links. Why have some links disappeared and not others? I said before in this thread that the ones left are all bad links.
Well, I went over a few sites of mine in WMT and looked at the top 10 remaining links. There's always something that's off about them. I cannot say in 100% cases that I know exactly what the problem is, but as you start looking closely, they turn out to be either nofollow or not even existing anymore. Another thing that summarizes them all is that they are always out of context - what I mean by that, most of them are scrapers using Google's of Bing's search results to "pad" their own doorway pages, and most of the time they did not quite built the query right and my pages linked are always about something other than the page on which the links are located. Another commonly found type of links is a sitewide blogroll from blogs that I don't really know about, and they look sketchy. One other type of links that are still there - links from pages other than English (my site is in English).
Anyway, perhaps it would be interesting to save the list of links that you can see on Feb. 06, 2013 and then, when the "normal" list of links returns, compare the two. I hope the diff would be a very interesting insight into what G considers "good" links. I'm saving the data now for future analysis - this may not last too long, get it while you can :)