Isn't there a deeper issue here we should be exploring (loudly, if possible), namely Google's utter contempt for communication?
Whilst we probably all agree Google don't exist to keep SEOs and webmasters happy, we do provide the content. Upon which they make money from advertising...etc, etc.
Ok, it's an old arguement, but in the light of 4 months of second-rate tinkering with live data (anyone else find this a little galling?), isn't it time they addressed at least some of the issues raised in a more formal manner?
If you picked a company worth $billions in any other industry, and someone told you all they really used to communicate was an employees blog, you'd just laugh.
I can't be the only webmaster sticking to the rules fed up of being treated like a potential data terrorist.
Before I'm flamed - I am well aware the big G need do nothing. They'll go rolling along with or without us. Still, it sticks in your throat. Watching them tell the world how technically superior they are, whilst watching them not handle 301s.