I was recently caught red-handed doing something very bad to my link partners.
I used the robots.txt file and meta tags on a page where I listed link partners to prevent search engine spiders from seeing that page, thus reducing the benefits of the reciprocal link for those linking to me and selfishly building one-way links to my site.
I know it was wrong. I was a greedy a--hole and I'm sorry. I have replaced all the links on seo-friendly pages in a newly built directory on the site - www.avatarfinancial.com/resources-directory.php.
Hopefully, Google will spider soon and the benefit will be much greater than from a long page of unrelated outbound links.
Thanks to seo-guy for setting me straight.