realmaverick - 5:07 pm on Feb 26, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: realmaverick at 5:19 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2013]
@Andy, I wasn't suggesting the multi redirects were causing Penguin. Let me explain myself a little better. The site being hit by Penguin didn't make sense. There were 1,000 bad links, among hundreds of thousands of genuine links. So the ratio of bad links, didn't appear to be anything to cause an issue.
However, if 10 years of good links from the forum had been lost, suddenly those 1,000 dodgy links become a greater issue. i.e less good links to dilute the bad.
However, you stated up to 3 redirects is fine, from a, to b, to c, is contrary to everything I've read on the subject. But thanks for a link to the video. So perhaps this mystery is still wide open. How the #*$! can less than 1,000 bad links, cause this issue. They 100% have never ever paid for a link, asked for a link or even done any kind of networking. They are quite head strong about it.
@Martinibuster yes, of course it's a tech problem. Hopefully the above will explain my conclusion. However, I am now baffled that Google allows up to 3 hops? Hmmm
*Edited main post, so that it hopefully makes more sense.
[edited by: realmaverick at 5:19 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2013]