bluntforce - 4:00 am on Jun 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'll agree that Matt Cutts might be trying to provide what assistance he can, and that site quality isn't something to scorn.
My point was that Google is stating webmasters should build sites users want to use and share while their algorithm puts a site on a very competitive page 1 that most likely got there through machine placed comment spam.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with building a site users want to actually use and share, but a strong backlink profile will certainly help with expanded exposure. An environment where webmasters can't or won't link as they see fit due to fear of a search engine's possible reaction isn't a healthy environment for the internet. IMO.