With all due respect, Mr Moderator, thats the most arrogant argument that could be posted in this particular connection when the sites and business of maybe hundreds of our WebmasterWorld fellow members have been affected so badly as several threads reflect during this December.
This supposed 'update' has not affected as many as you would imply, otherwise it really would be news. Nothing like trying to inflate the numbers - yet why would I be surprised with this coming from someone that probably knows more about Matt Cutt's private life than his own cats:
I guess you are refering to the SEO-Card of Emmy Cutts (Matt's 2 years old cute cat) better known as "Spam Killer".
Btw, Matt and Brian White (member of Google WebSpam Team) are trying to figure out how to map spam sites into laser pointer dots, and Emmy will be all over them! :-)
"High voltage blinking neons" might refer to the blinking neons all over the streets in Eastern Kentucky where Matt grew up. Matt is still facinated of those colourful blinking neons, as far as I recall.
In fact Matt has another cat, one year old Ozzie, better known as "bouncing Oz". Rumour has it that Ozzie has subjected Brian White to very intensive training in how to identify and kill european subdomains spam :-)
I'm truly sorry to hear of your problems, but I would have to agree with others... your listing(s) will probably come back - it's just an inconvenient down time. It's happened to me several times over the past decade with Google.
[edited by: bobothecat at 10:05 pm (utc) on Dec. 26, 2006]