I was one of the first to notice the new changes 4 threads ago. I said it then and I will say it now, Google is clearly broken. Our decade plus authority site has lost 50% of it's longtail traffic to be replaced by junk. Now if it was replaced by comp I could understand. I mean thats just the same ol game.
But sites that look like they took 1 hour to make using a templatemonster 15buck template and database driven crawled/scraped spam.
You know the kind of spam im talking about. You know, those scraped search result pages filled with 2 lines of stolen title tags from every site on the web with 3 adsense ads ATF and 3 ads from other networks below the fold.
Even worse I am seeing sites with obvious purchased backlinks/ 1-2 years old, outdated product info with just horrid designs outrank sites such as cnet, techcrunch yadayadayada.
I see what they did, I saw it 8 weeks ago. I said it then and I will say it again.
Google IS broken.
Maybe in Googles eyes it isnt but to me as both a searcher and webmaster long before G was born I know without a doubt it is just broken.
For the first time in oh 10 years G is no longer my default search provider. I remember a similar scenario with AV ;)