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To that end, I now give out free links when I have the opportunity and a relevant website to put them on
whilst I'd like to support you Wheel I have to pay the bills so don't give anything away without getting something in return
A change like this (likely with weighting factors on pressure/voltage and flow/current) would likely put a quick stop to PR-hoarding "dead-end" pages and Google's self-defeating nofollow idea.But it will not put an end to manipulation. You can cloak/serve a page full of outbounds, while users see one with none. You get the number #1 spot and get to keep all the traffic on your page.
I've mentioned it before, but a simple algo fix would be to measure not the just the PR of a page, but the PR flow *through* a page. If you equate PR to water pressure (e.g. pounds per square inch), then the more inbound links (increased pressure) to a page and the fewer links out of a page (pressure-reducing leaks), the better. But if instead you equate PR to water flow through a page, then both inbound and outbound links bring a ranking benefit.