Nowhat?

In all seriousness, this also raises the question the majority of the web's content producers - including guest posters that know exactly nothing about SEO - niether know nor care about the existence of nofollow.  So even if "we" all got on board and dutifully followed Google's guidelines, what about those composing content in blissful ignorance?  That's why I think any system that relies on authors and publishers to marking up links is fraught with peril.

Nowhat?

In all seriousness, this also raises the question the majority of the web's content producers - including guest posters that know exactly nothing about SEO - niether know nor care about the existence of nofollow.  So even if "we" all got on board and dutifully followed Google's guidelines, what about those composing content in blissful ignorance?  That's why I think any system that relies on authors and publishers to marking up links is fraught with peril.

Well, at the very least it

Well, at the very least it will show Google who among publishers / guests are SEOs :)

Nofollow has long been suspected of obvious "SEO" flag

So it used to be Flickr

So it used to be Flickr search, now it's Getty search... I preferred the first...

"but that policing the web

"but that policing the web and deleting websites goes against Google’s philosophy."

Absolutely hilarious.  Does the right hand knows what the left is doing in this company?

"but that policing the web

"but that policing the web and deleting websites goes against Google’s philosophy."

Absolutely hilarious.  Does the right hand knows what the left is doing in this company?

Short answer? Yes, they do

Short answer? Yes, they do know. They just don't care since the various factions within Google seem to have wildly different personal goals. It has been interesting, and sad, to see the way Google has decided to address the shortcoming in their own algorithms and how much collateral damage they are willing to accept as a part of that. 

 

Short answer? Yes, they do

Short answer? Yes, they do know. They just don't care since the various factions within Google seem to have wildly different personal goals. It has been interesting, and sad, to see the way Google has decided to address the shortcoming in their own algorithms and how much collateral damage they are willing to accept as a part of that. 

 

Short answer? Yes, they do

Short answer? Yes, they do know. They just don't care since the various factions within Google seem to have wildly different personal goals. It has been interesting, and sad, to see the way Google has decided to address the shortcoming in their own algorithms and how much collateral damage they are willing to accept as a part of that. 

 

Seriously? With everything

Seriously? With everything they have wrong with the current serps 'this' is such a massive issue that it's worth spending time on?