Wikipedia's "thin" pages shouldn't get the VIP treatment
Can't agree more with this. A large number of wikipedia pages with no more than 50 words of actual text about a topic, rank for some competitive keywords.
Today the debate is on whether content farms are worthy of getting traffic from Google. Tomorrow debate will be whether forums (webmasterworld included) are worthy of getting traffic from Google. After all most threads in most forums are just conversations of a group of people trying to state their opinions as facts. People with vested interests in promoting their goods or services often participate in forum threads and they have no regards for the truth or the accuracy of what they post. So quality of content in forums is suspect. I tend to take most of what I read in forums with a pinch of salt. So should we expect google to devalue the forums in rankings?
To me internet is more and more looking like a dictatorship with dictator Google ruling with an iron fist. History has shown us that weak dictators are most insecure and most worried about their survival and they like to tinker with rules all the time, mostly with negative results.