I took the liberty and dug up some post from 2002 and 2003.
[webmasterworld.com...] / 2002
[webmasterworld.com...] / 2003
Do an advanced search on google for webmasterworld and use the words layoff staff, dropped from Serps, going out of business, and see just how many and how long this has been going on.
What people are seeing as far as Google treating Websites poorly is not a new phenomenon and for those hoping it will clear up in Dec, Iíve got news for you. If it was going on in 2002 and continues to this day, I seriously doubt there is going to be a change any time soon.
The point of the post is if you sit around and wait for Google to change, youíre going to be an archived post for somebody else 3 years from now when their complaining about the exact same thing.