I took the advice offered in this site and posted the URL's of some of my competetors' lame pages. What I mean by lame is, some of these pages hadn't been indexed since `96 and they had blatantly spammed text in their METAs and body text.
My question is: since I submitted these URL's, I noticed that I actually dropped quite a few notches while some of my 'neighbors' remained virtually untouched in Alta Vista. Do certain search engines now have the capability of somehow sussing out WHO submits what and then penalizing a nearby neighbor if the domain name on an e-mail matches up to a nearby URL? I know this sounds totally whacked and maybe I'm just feeling overly paranoid, but I thought I'd ask.