Link Directory Genocide

In the wake of a lawsuit an online company named KinderStart filed against Google for dropping its placement in the search engine results pages (SERPs), one has to wonder just what these people are thinking; they’re suing a now-giant corporate web presence like Google when, ultimately, it is not really Google’s fault that the website has fallen off so drastically.  One only has to search through the site in question to see that it is nothing more than a complex link directory.
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The Link Directory: Just Another Form of Link Farm?

Directories are everywhere, on any topic imaginable.  As SEOs, we even promote submissions to link directories as a good method of getting backlinks.  But with more and more link directories popping up all over the web, are we somehow helping to promote a new type of link farm? A few years ago, link farms were easy to find.  Today, you rarely ever see them.  One could assume that the link farm syndrome has been cured.  Or has it?
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