There is nothing like a fresh thread on some up-to-date information on the basics of Google's PageRank to make me smile. A new thread at WebmasterWorld, which was featured right away, under the title of Google PR Basics, answers many basic questions many people have. Here are a listing of some questions, for the answers, check out the thread.
What is Page Rank (PR)?
How can I check my PR?
How does page rank affect your listing in SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages)?
What detrimental effects will I face for buying PR?
Why is my PR more in the Google directory than it is on the toolbar?
How can I retain PR on my site and prevent it from going to other sites?
So if PR doesn't determine how I rank then what does?