Originally Posted by shabbir View Post
These days Google has been penalizing (by decreasing the pagerank) sites for placing links to other sites with rel="nofollow" tags. The step taken by Google is for flagging those sites for a main reason that they are playing with the Google search ranking algorithm and Google wants its algorithm to be as full proof as possible.
Now isn't this a strange behavior by Google. A website should not contain external links at all even with rel="nofollow" tags, whereas these links are useful for people and make things easy for search engine spiders as they are as a simple text for them.