Famed tech publishers O'Reilly have been accussed of using dodgy black-hat search engine tactics by a blogger I've never heard of before who goes as far as to compare O'Reilly to the whole WordPress dodgy pages scandal and others all for....wait for it....accepting a couple of paying, visable text links, clearly labelled as advertising, in their left hand side navigation bars. According to the do-gooders this is evil:
How horribly low have we sunk, that I'm not willing to link to O'Reilly sites without a rel="nofollow", because they are a bunch of low-life search engine spammers? X-bloody-ML.com, something that I won't touch without a nofollow condom? This just sucks.
None of the sites advertising in the spot on O'Reilly have used any black-hat tactics as far as I can see, they've just spent some decent dollars across a range of sites, including a whole pile of pages on search related blogs as well. Perhaps they'd prefer no one linking at all?
Note: The "clueless moron" bit was added by Nick W - who know's for a fact that this guy knows fuck all about fuck all.