Well I thought Google really hated me, but here is some real proof that the Google Toolbar isn’t exactly telling the truth.
I personally have never seen sitelinks on a PR5 before, let alone a PR4, but then it isn’t something I monitor extensively, so it may happen frequently for sites that get a sudden increase of links between updates.
Congratulations to Maki from Doshdosh on also gaining some coveted sitelinks (and also PR6)
An example of a PR6 domain that still doesn’t have sitelinks is Sphinn itself
Graywolf thinks sitelinks are ephemeral so I am just going to taunt him.
Lots Of Recent Links
I have received quite a few links recently which may have swung things in my favour after the PageRank updates and the sitelinks may be short lived. I gained maybe 400 additional links, a few of them quite high quality, but those links were also on pages with lots of other external links listing sites that received penalties.
My sitelinks might well prove to be ephemeral.
This doesn’t however confirm one way or the other whether sites that experienced a toolbar pagerank penalty, that still have it, pass Google juice through external links.
An Interesting Bug
I haven’t yet researched the cause…