EditorialGuy - 3:51 pm on Aug 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
It's a hypocritical stand for Google to say don't buy links when their toolbar's pagerank is the primary metric used to value links in such transactions.
There's nothing hypocritical about it. When toolbar PR was introduced, the idea was to give a rough guide to a site's importance and credibility. (If a lot of people linked to a page, causing it to enjoy high PR, the implication was that the page was worthwhile because it had earned a significant number of citations.) The link buyers and sellers came later.
Today, toolbar PR continues to have some utility, although I'd agree that the negative aspects of toolbar PR probably outweigh any benefits for users. If and when Google decides to kill off toolbar PR, I doubt if anyone except link buyers and sellers will complain.