---- Why Does G Show BOTH Wikipedia and Duplicated Answers.com Content?
mattg3 - 3:30 pm on Sep 29, 2007 (gmt 0)
Conspiracy scenarios can be satisfying, but they're likely to shed more heat than light.
Robert Charlton's post makes a lot of sense. We also need to remember that Google prefers algorithmic solutions to hand editing, since the latter isn't readily scalable and ultimately leads to a situation where there are so many layers of Band-Aids that the wound never heals. It seems to me that, if there's a problem, Google needs to find the sweet spot between recognizing authority status (conferred by quality inbound links) and identifying duplicate content that weakens the SERPs. If Google were to simply apply a manual filter to Answers.com, it would be impossible to fine-tune its algorithms to find that sweet spot, and the underlying problem wouldn't be solved.
Sorry that's a lot of rubbish since they hard link to it...
Why don't you try to type in define:widget into your favorite SE and look in the top right where it links to.
Personally I am glad someone makes money from WP.
[edited by: mattg3 at 3:40 pm (utc) on Sep. 29, 2007]