In response to the recent post of candybar's thread that was deleted and the prohibition of negative SEO methods: I think we seriously need to reconsider our stance on negative SEO. In its current state, negative SEO is not only easily employed, its extremely dangerous to everyone in the SEO industry. Candybar's method would take minimal effort and is probably very effective at destroying sites (as he noted in the thread, the method was very effective). To ensure the sustainability of our own sites we need to force G to fix this and/or revert to before 3.3 was released. We shouldn't ban negative SEO threads, we should encourage them. If G wants to start to take link building practices into consideration, we should advocate the exploitation and weakness in their strategy - negative SEO. We need to have this become such a problem that G cant discern which sites are actually using these tactics and which are being hit with negative SEO. Until 3.3 was released, negative SEO wasn't very relevant. There was little to no damage you could do to a site after it was established. This is how it SHOULD be, we should never be at the mercy of a rogue competitor that decides he's tired of being below us in the SERPs. If this needs to be moved to the lounge, please do so. As this thread does not discuss specific negative seo methods as per the thread by mods, hopefully it won't be deleted.