TheMadScientist - 9:07 pm on Apr 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
These SERPs have many up-to-date changes from 2 minutes ago
These SERPs are old
I didn't really want a debate either, but I think it's fairly easy to find the preceding confusing, so I wanted to know what the observation actually was. I had no idea you would refer to 'an apparent roll back in ranking methods' as 'old SERPs'... I thought you were referring to an old dataset or something and could not figure out what you meant. Thanks for clarifying the ranking method appears to be a rollback but the data is up-to-date.
I think one of the confusions is people are seeing algo changes and infrastructure changes at the same time, and drawing a distinction is sometimes difficult... I tried to earlier in this thread when there was talk of Caffeine also being an algo change, because we know speed has been a part of the algo for quite a bit of time (mid Jan if I remember correctly) and at the time the dataset used was almost exclusively Big Daddy, so it's fairly reasonable to draw a distinction between an algo change and an infrastructure change, and IMO it's incorrect not to, but I feel the same as you and don't really want to debate the issue either, because I know (basically) the algo is detached from the underlying data storage mechanism, but if others choose to not see it that way, then whatever.
Thanks for the clarification on what you are seeing.