No forum thread on this one, but I thought most of you would love to read an interview with Matt Cutts, a well-known Google engineer in the SEO world. It is a must read; one quote;
Personally, I have a theory that some spammers want everyone practicing solid, common-sense SEO to believe that they're spamming, or that everyone is a black hat. To me, that fails at first blush; was I a spammer for changing the word "howto" on a page to "how to," because more people type it the second way? Of course not.