TheOptimizationIdiot - 12:33 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
Actually, common sense says that type of backlink shouldn't affect rankings at all.
We'll have to agree here.
If they do, then there's a defect in the algorithm.
And we'll have to agree here.
But, with the unnatural link notices and possible "penalties", it's fairly obvious Google thinks for some reason "unnatural links", which would include trackbacks, should count as a negative.
My opinion is if they just "ignored" (meaning essentially automatically nofollowed or dropped from the graph) links they thought weren't natural and let people know that's what they were doing linking would return to much more natural Internet-wide, but since they don't do that and rather seem to think they need to hand out penalties, my opinion is, linking on the Internet is completely skewed from what it would be if they could "just get it right" on their end.
Something about unintended consequences comes to mind here.
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 12:39 am (utc) on Apr 12, 2013]