tedster - 6:39 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0) I thought I'd highlight some parts of the Matt Cutts comment that jumped out at me:
That is very odd, gford. I just checked a few sites I'm familiar with and don't see that kind of buggy site: data, but it certainly is good to know that something went whacko again.
our search algorithm saw a large area
That sounds "something like" actually rendering the page, rather than just examining the source code. In case anyone has been wondering whether those patents are really in use ;)
looked spammy to our automatic classifier
Does this mean that large gaps on the page can throw an automatic spam penalty? I'm thinking here of the somewhat common practice of throwing a chunk of content at the bottom of a page, only visible after scrolling beyond a false "end of page".
escalate to an engineer if this site had the same issue in the future
An automatic trigger for human inspection on a PER SITE basis - now that's interesting.
I thought I'd highlight some parts of the Matt Cutts comment that jumped out at me: