hitchhiker - 5:39 pm on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is not a constructive argument: "if it's possible why don't you do it?"
Ethics aside, if it were that easy to sink the competition and restore ranking, why don't you do it?
I won't put "ethics aside", not now, not in the future. I'm certainly not advising others to do it, I'm answering a question.
Please can we not debate this anymore, it's pretty well understood.
OP - It is possible, use the disavow tool (sorry) to remove them. They say you should 'contact the site owners' - which is in most cases ludicrous, and in your case seems to not be possible.
I do think it's mis-identified a lot - however it's on the increase, especially as people are just finding out it's possible :( If the Webspam team did reply they would probably say:
"We spend a lot of time analysing the patterns and connections between sites. We have signals in place (date stamps, some graphing) to avoid the possibility of one webmaster negatively impacting another. However, if you do believe you have been the target of that kind of thing - you could use the 'disavow' tool to clean up those bad links." - The webspam team did not say this!
- In other words: anyone with a degree or any experience in programming knows it's not possible (as @rish3 pointed out) to 'infer intent' with anything less than a full A.I - which has not been invented yet. Good luck, use the 'mildly effective' disavow tool.