It was pretty clear from my conversations with two of the companies India Mobile Number List distributing the content, and one of the publishers, that there was, at the very least, confusion about what was acceptable and the responsibilities around it. Confusion about what is allowed Both content-producing companies said they believed they were doing nothing wrong. In particular, they never required publishers to serve particular links, India Mobile Number List which they felt put them on the safe side of the guidelines.
One also said that he uses canonical to block link India Mobile Number List credit, but the publishers themselves might not implement it correctly. Both indicated that if they weren't doing it right, they wanted to change to comply. In short: it's not us to blame, it's these publishers. And from the content I looked at on the publishers' sites, it was pretty clear that none of them seemed to be doing link checking. This was reinforced after speaking with an editor.
Who told me that if he was using nofollow he was looking India Mobile Number List into things to be more “aggressive” about it now. My impression was that if nofollow was supposed to be used, nobody really paid attention to it - and I didn't see India Mobile Number List it in use either. In the end, I suggested to Google that the best way forward here might be for them to issue further guidance on the subject.