TheMadScientist - 3:50 am on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yeah, I understand tedster, but the whole 'penalty' and 'filter' situation just gets a bit out-of-control sometimes IMO, and if Symantec is finding these site, then I don't see how G couldn't spider the same terms and just start zapping them from pubic view with a little more frequency than they must be doing.
I mean I really do understand they're getting gamed, but if it's a number as high as Symantec says on any given day, then I would think that's what MC would be begging people to report it immediately (malware sites), not paid links...
Maybe he can't / doesn't because it would be really bad pub to let people know about the situation, but now they know anyway, so keeping quiet doesn't seem to be the answer either.
I do understand the people who are doing it are really good at what they do, but for the number one SE to be getting gamed in their own results with the frequency they spider everyone else would make it seem to me they need to turn on an unassociated IP Address (Amazon seems like a good candidate), bot a browser UA and spider themselves frequently before they go asking for more stinking spam reports about people who might be cheating.
IDK, I guess people could argue they can't detect it, but I don't buy it, and if they can detect it then IMO they should clam up about the paid links and other types of spam for a bit until this issue is sorted out and all but removed from the results, because one (spam) is an annoyance, and the other (malware) is a serious issue, especially for people who don't have a task manager open to try and shut it down like you do.
Think about it this way: Symantec found this information some how and it must be fairly accurate to report it, so if Google did the same thing and gave someone a 'zap it' button it wouldn't be there any more would it?
Sematic had the resources and man power to find it, and it seems to me if they had a 'remove now' button they probably would have used it, but G has to remove it, and I can't see what the obstacles to removing it are when obviously Symantec had the means, resources, knowledge and man power to detect it... All they were missing was the ability to remove it and this thread probably wouldn't even be here.
Of course that's my opinion only.
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