Reno - 8:59 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
I find it hard to believe that google will bite part of the hand that feeds it. Send out a lot of hype that they are fighting spam, then a month later quietly roll things back ...
I agree trinorthlighting ~ sometimes the more that is said, the more that is expected. Note the multiple use of the word "quality" in the original Google blog posting:
Posted by Amit Singhal
"This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites..."
"At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites..."
"... it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and thatís exactly what this change does."
"...itís a big step in the right direction of helping people find ever higher quality in our results."
"...more updates that we believe will substantially improve the quality of the pages in our results."
They set the bar high, so as you said, it is difficult to imagine them ever saying "nevermind".