Andy_Langton - 11:23 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm afraid not ;)
I just don't see the value in categorising it in those terms. The concept of pagerank does not, to me at least, ever seem to have been intended to be deliberately deceptive. Nor could I see it as a trick to fool webmasters, since webmasters who seemed to grasp the original concept were/are fairly thin on the ground.
If you're talking about the toolbar, then I would happily agree. But in general, do Google use a 'black box' algorithm that relies heavily on citations? I think they do. Is it likely to be worth still using the term pagerank - probably not.
But the other question is, would you rank better if you applied techniques based on an understanding of the very original pagerank document? I say that you would.