I'm even more disappointed and disenchanted with the SEO forum community than usual. This week there has been a witch hunt of speculation. A web site blipped in and out of Google. This happens all the time, in fact back at the start of 2005 every .com.au site blipped out of Google.
The difference here is that a series of professional SEO agencies signed on the forums and tried to present the blip as a ban. It shouldn't have worked.
These are professional forums (most of them) but the moderators let named speculation run and run. Too many people seemed utterly unconcerned that users with no prior history, no previous posts and who signed up to the forums only that day where the ones who had dived into the threads, filled them with junk and kept them going. On Search Engine Watch these "newbie professionals" didn't even suffer a dip in reputation. That just goes to fuel my reputation is simply a pat-on-the-back clique builder.
Professional forums should be professionally moderated. I am honestly surprised to see them hijacked so easily.