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Notice GoogleGuy's post at message #4.
Since then, it seems to me that there is definitely something to worry about if you have hundreds of "templated" pages that all crosslink. From by readings in this forum, people appear quite sure that crosslinking like crazy will definitely get you penalized in Google (by the algorithm, not by a human).
Is GoogleGuy's comment outdated?
Has he since corrected himself?
My guess is that it would not, and thus GoogleGuy's comments would not apply today due to automated penalties.
In short, I suspect that if read today, the comment would actually be wrong.
(I'm hoping someone can prove me wrong ;))
The interlinking was not due to any template on the page, it was due to different people signing each other's guestbooks. And the site has a large number of inbound links from independant sources.
Even back in August, that comment would not apply to your site unless you are talking about the exact same site and nothing major has changed. It was not a policy comment, it was a "*your* site has nothing to worry about" comment. It was not a blanket endorsement of having your site and standard navigation crossing domain boundaries.
by leaving guest book entries on other users' pages all of them are heavily interlinked
Not to this:
all have the same layout template
I assumed the reverse, and it seems strange that GoogleGuy would support 90 000+ pages built with the same template.