lucy24 - 1:19 am on Sep 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Links are the essence of the World Wide Web. It would be completely immature for Google to stop using links as its most significant signal for ranking.
I think this [webmasterworld.com] from earlier in the summer is the relevant discussion. (Odd choice of words, though. Don't think I'd ever have thought of applying the concept of maturity to a search engine.)
Also this longer thread [webmasterworld.com] from a few weeks later.
Been around the 'net a bit longer than my join date suggests
Some of us still haven't figured out your previous name :(