Whitey - 10:49 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Making the change made no noticeable difference in rankings.
Absolutely. I've seen a trend towards this type of implementation for several years now, and those sites appear to rank well enough.
Then we user tested the pages
The user's preferences may well play positively into Google's quality assessments of the pages aka Panda etc. Good practice to dumb down the internal linking IMO