I may try the disavow links tool for the site that was the victim of the negative SEO attack, but I am not hopeful that Google will respond. I think they are getting overwhelmed with requests. The malicious links all showed up as trackbacks to inner pages and I kept them just so that I could analyze the situation.
Google is as Google does. It is real easy for all of their fresh-out-of-college eggheads to sit back and say, "We don't like this and we don't like that on the web" and then come up with a faulty plan to make social networking signals an important ranking factor. What they are doing primarily reflects the mindset of kids in their 20s, and not the web as a whole. That is the fly in their ointment. They fail to see the big picture because their internal focus groups lack a greater understanding of the web.
Originally Posted by Andy101
I have never heard of Google using external focus groups to find out what people really want. Matt Cutts appearances at SEO conferences is the closest that they get to that. I do have some contacts within Google and I have volunteered many times to offer advice to help fix bugs in their systems when I report them, but I have always been ignored. There is an attitude that is pervasive with Google employees where they think their decisions are always correct and they fail to consider the collateral effects of their decisions. In other words, they live in their own little Googley world.
I think Google has destroyed many billions of dollars of value on the web. I don't do any black hat SEO or scam sites, but I was doing very well with affiliate marketing data feed sites until they destroyed that. People liked my sites because they were not crappy sites and they could compare prices for a wide range of merchants.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin