Two years later and rel=nofollow is still bugging folks.
Google needs YOUR help
It's still bugging me, too. It doesn't make any sense.
Bad linking hurts everybody
Google couldn't seriously be asking webmasters to tag which of their links were going to affect pagerank vs. the ones they'd sold. Could they?
Let's pick up all the trash in the world
That would be like asking everyone in the world to please be nice so the old algorithm will still work.
Do a random act of internet kindness
If I close my eyes and wish really hard I can bring back the golden age of the 1999 web. Back when links still indicated site quality.
THINK before you LINK
Back when spam was simpler, and G wasn't party to both sides of the transaction.
PageRank stands for PR
The toolbar pagerank display is disconnected from the real topic-sensitive pagerank used in the SERPS. Google can cut your PR in half but your SERPs don't change. It's a message, but what does it mean?
NOFOLLOW if you're PAID, or PAY the cost
Why would they want us to think that these things mattered?
If you don't toe the line, we'll ban you. You'll be sorry.
We can't actually ban the Washington Post or the Stanford Daily though. But we're going to threaten you to make you shape up.
Don't say untrue things about people
On one hand it seems an oddly utopian world view, not a pragmatic one.
Help Google by only publishing quality links
What happened to all the genius researchers building Skynet with their 1 million servers? What's all the AI for if they can't do a better job of tagging web pages than asking users to do it for them?
You mean they can't even detect TextLinkAds on a page, and have to resort to this weird business threat model instead?
The web of spam
Links used to be for human navigation.
Google made them count for money and they're ruined now.
Nofollow isn't going to put it back the way it was.
PageRank wrecked the web
Google is the cause of all of this.
and Google is going down with it.