TheOptimizationIdiot - 11:10 pm on Apr 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Once Google has identified bad backlinks they want the webmaster to go through "due diligence" on a clean-up.
Well I don't understand this at all.
LMAO! Me either, but my first thought when I read tedster's post wasn't any where near as "tame" as yours. The first thought I had was: "Well, they can lick my **** if that's what they want people to do."
As far as the question goes, I'd use a custom 410 for that page specifically rather than 404 and I'd also noindex,nofollow it so the inbound weight didn't "go anywhere".
Basically, I'd change that specific page to serve a 410 Gone error, noindex,nofollow it and provide links to other resources for visitors if they happen to land there. (Also make sure you get it totally unlinked internally if you decide to go that direction.)