After Google rolled out the Penguin update and started sending out unnatural link warnings, black hats and grey hats alike have started to get busy cleaning up shady links.
This creates some sense of justice on the internet: The millions of websites that have been spammed now have the chance to pay back by keeping the spam on their sites. How ironic.
I just got forwarded this mail from one who tried to get some links removed. After contacting the website owner, he got the following mail back:
Dude, if you spammed my blog, why should I spend my time cleaning it up for you? I think you should have thought about that before you spammed me. Link stays.
Yes, annoying for those cleaning up links. But the website owner is right: you probably should have thought about it before you spammed.