tedster - 8:13 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
Again, for those who are thinking of this as a quick fix that Google rolled out - let's revisit an earlier thread from this month:
Moultano [a Google search engineer on HackerNews]:
We've been working on this issue for a long time, and made some progress. These efforts started long before the recent spat of news articles. I've personally been working on it for over a year. The central issue is that it's very difficult to make changes that sacrifice "on-topic-ness" for "good-ness" that don't make the results in general worse. You can expect some big changes here very shortly though.
Big changes promised shortly at Google [webmasterworld.com]
There's the core trade-off Google wrestles with: relevance versus quality. And this particular search engineer has been working on the project that created this update for more than a year.