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I don't think they've removed it - it seems too useful.
They've probably masked it with something else, so SEOs don't use it, only they do.
I could never understand why someone from google would be here,
unless to gather information about SEO activities.
OK, I'll bite: What do you mean by "be here"? It's a public forum so there's probably tons of lurkers from all the SE's. And then there's someONE from Google who's an active member. Are you accusing him?
What makes WW great is that knowledgeable webmasters can share info. But the SE's decided to participate and I always thought part of that for them was because some knowledgeable people are their "enemy" and they want to know what's being used so they can do combat.