JD_Toims - 11:59 pm on Jul 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Makes sense to me. Why would Google want to discourage legitimate outbound links, when links are a core component of Google's algorithm?
I doubt they would, but keeping in mind it's an algo (basically a pattern matching system) and the particular site in the OP sounds like it could "fit the pattern" of paid outbound linking so I think it could be causing an issue.
I don't think it's "any site with a large number of links" by any stretch, but I think sites that "fit a pattern of paid link schemes", or could be close, may need to make adjustments to the way they do things whether they're actually being paid for the articles/links or not.
* When I say "fit the pattern" I'm meaning when the algo combines: writing style, linking style, type of sites linked, possibly even the HTML generated by the software used to create the site if it's "mass used and abused", etc. and then compares the "pattern" those create to a ruleset to make a determination of "what is this site?" and "where should it be scored?".