When we talked of Google being fair or what not...it's not about because my/your site is not #1 but it's about...
how far Google have strayed away from its so much hyped mission statement...that's how we judge a search engine and not about where my site in terms of ranking.
When Google first came out, most of the discussion here or elsewhere is 'mostly' about how to make your site rank better with Google.
To the point of making us believe that honest and hard work...works great with Google unlike other search engines that were dominated by spam sites.
Google preaches fair play and work within the guideline...and we in turn preaches to the new web masters to do the same. Some of us are even zealous in protecting this ideal that any attempt to circumvent this principle is almost instantly meet with disdain and contempt.
We're not stupid but we like to believe what Google preaches, we like to see a fair and honest search engine. A true search engine for the people/webmasters.
In a way Google have given hope and faith to webmasters who believe in contents and no nonsense approach to web publishing.
With that...that makes Google accountable...maybe not to the Court of Law but definitely to the community it has courted once.
Who's courting who now? Does Google still need the support of the webmasters or is it the webmasters trying hard to get into Google. It's like G have s.c.r.e.w us royally and now we are just a nuisance after all it has gotten from us what it wants...we are just the old girlfriend and who knows maybe Google have found a new girlfriend.
Its PR dept. is starting to sound like the sleek playboy false promises if not outright lies just to keep the old girlfriend (us) in line and not to cause trouble.
Do you still believe that honest and hard work pays-off with Google now? If you do then you are not making money with your web site...dream on.
Where do we stand from here?
We can't change Google, we can only make noises but that's our right...we are allowed to do that...just like old girlfriend nagging their cheating boyfriend.
Would Google change in our favor? It's entirely up to them depending perhaps on how good they feel with their new girlfriend (money/investor).
Who knows maybe Google new girlfriend is s.c.r.e.w.i.n.g them royally too and no amount of logic or intelligence(all the Phd's) can convince greed and lust...it's all back to basic instinct.