Marios Alexandrou wrote a pretty cool post about the 55 questions you'd ask a would-be SEO which is probably the most recent post in my best Internet marketing posts thread and also hit the Sphinn homepage yesterday.
Most of the questions initially talk about your SEO experience, if you understand META tags, if you have any opinions on link buying, if you understand the difference between SEO and SEM, if you understand why Wikipedia ranks #1 for so many topics, and if you enjoy SEO. It's actually a very comprehensive list.
Interestingly, one member on Sphinn didn't think so.
Absurd. The list was created as if SEO is a technical profession. It prepares you for interviews with employers, SEO workers or otherwise, who share this misconception and then, because the question is on the list, they'll ask: If you've done 6 months of SEO for a site and yet there haven't been any improvements, how would you go about diagnosing the problem?
But unfortunately for the writer, his comment was buried (yay for social networks) and many others took offense to his statement. One, TheMadHat in particular, says that SEO is definitely a technical field and these questions are totally appropriate.
You don't think there is anything technical about SEO? The questions were leaning more heavily in that direction but it's a combination of technical knowledge and marketing knowledge. Without both you may as well roll over and find a new profession.
As many people feel, SEO is a balance of technical know-how and creative skill. What would you say about that?
Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.