Those with a vested interest in the link building industry - which is pretty much all of us - might spot the problem.
Google’s negative emphasis, of late, has been about links. Their message is not new, just the emphasis.
The point is, this is just the emphasis today and will be forgotten for a new emphasis tomorrow.
Forget the frantic push to remove links and disavow them. You're playing into g#####'s hand. Scaredy cat SEO's and Webmasters screwing themselves and the rest of us in the process.
Do you really think your site is going to recover anyway?
G##### will never stop, they never have and they never will. And I suspect they ascribe to the W.C. Field method of customer service when it comes to Webmasters and SEO's --> Never give a sucker an even break.
SEO Book makes a good observation here -->
It strikes me you can lose your rankings at anytime whether you follow the current guidelines or not,
especially when the goal-posts keep moving. So, the risk of not following the guidelines, and following the guidelines but not ranking well is pretty much the same - no traffic.
Kind of does a good job of highlighting how useless the "just do it g#####'s way and I'll show you how" industry's purpose is. Or lack of lack of purpose, depending on how you want to look at it.
What do you think? Should we just walk away and look for other channels proclaiming to the world that we're smarter than people that take advantage of a very useful and revenue producing channel. Should we run our site's squeaky clean and get no traffic, or much less than we could have otherwise, knowing that we'll still probably get penalized anyway just for being on the internet?
I suspect that people that say play it safe don't have have a product that they can make money with so they have nothing to lose.