TheMadScientist - 11:23 pm on Apr 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
Because it's an inaccurate source of information causing confusion to many that IMO skews the web and adds to the 'artificial schemes' Google is so set against...
If people didn't know what the approximate PR of a site was 3 months ago and think it's accurate today links would be based on different criteria, site value would be based on different criteria, and quite a bit of new webmaster and those who don't know any better's confusion would be eliminated.
I honestly feel sorry for those who think 'TBPR' is accurate and means a site they buy will rank when what they're buying is merely part of a network passing the PR to it and as soon as they buy and it's removed from the network, not only could all the adspam the domain has held count against it if it's not reset to '0' when the ownership changes and the adspam is removed, the PageRank, even in the toolbar, will disappear.
If the person was more well informed or TBPR disappeared the squatter selling the site wouldn't be able to say, 'But it's a PageRank 5 website' and artificially inflate the value of the site based on a FUD number. (The same 'thought' and 'feeling' about the situation applies to buying/selling links.)
It's cool you know what it is and that it's out of date and think it adds some value of some type for you, but you are not the norm, and it's really a FUD indicator for many purposes, but unfortunately the masses don't understand that part, because it's much easier to sell 'visible and measurable' than it is to convince people it's inaccurate and should be taken with a grain of salt if factored in to any decision at all.
"See this, right here in the toolbar? This is what Google's importance of the site (page) is, I know because it says right on Google.com this is how important this site (page) is perceived as. Now how important does Google perceive the other site (page) you are looking at as? It's only a 4... and going from a 4 to a 5 is exponential, like a Richter Scale, so mine isn't just a little bit more important, it's already 10 times more important to Google than the other site (page) you're looking at..." I could convince just about anyone of the importance of TBPR, but always get flack for trying to enlighten people about what it really is. Go figure... I guess maybe I would get along better if I was part of the FUD Factory instead of against it, or something?
I don't really know, but it p***** me off they publish a FUD number and then don't explain exactly what it is on their site, without even letting people know how it works: 'PageRank reflects our view of the importance of web pages by considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms. Pages that we believe are important pages receive a higher PageRank and are more likely to appear at the top of the search results.'
Do you seriously think the Green Pixel Dust and the page explaining it don't artificially skew the value of sites and links across the entire web? And, not only the value, but which sites link where and why they link there? IMO the display of TBPR skews the entire web, because many consult the ToolBar (or other source for published PR) before they even place or request a link and if the PR is not high enough in one direction the link, which would have otherwise been place, is withheld... It doesn't help people make good linking decisions which are based on the site (page) content... IMO It skews decisions and creates an imbalance.
* You should read back through that thread some time if you think I'm being harsh, because I think I remember one poster being very harsh and apologizing to the Reps reading for the abruptness (or something to that effect) and the Rep saying they were often the same way internally. I think the Rep even went so far as to say they thought it was one of the things making them good at what they do because debate and differing opinions brought about answers and they appreciated the candor, or something to that effect...