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Would be really interested in hearing what other people here think, and whether Panda really has changed what you would do.
...having the physical widgets on site might change the impression G or others have of the domain and site intent
say we have identical content and links into a new site and on our current site (which effectively has unrelated content and links but the same target audience). I wonder which option would be ranked better?Sounds like you're contradiciting yourself, "say we have identical content and links into....(...has unrelated content and links...)".