apauto - 6:52 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Given that I criticize Google a lot, I will commend them for publicly acknowledging that they missed the mark, and publicly saying they are attempting to do something about it. But also, this incident puts in perspective (yet again) how much of the previous announcements are spin, when they talk about how pleased they are with the accuracy of their internal testing, etc etc.
I don't doubt they were happy with their internal testing. Afterall, what testing was it? Just checking to see if a few scraper sites changed rankings? Sure. However, how can they possibly test all of the quality sites that were affected? They don't know until they release the update and then sit back and watch the fireworks.
Please Google, don't do me wrong! This thread gives me hope.
In fact, I'm going to go take a nice long shower right now, and dream of what it was like this time last week when I had a bunch of happy visitors on my site. Maybe when I'm done, and come back here and hit F5, I'll notice a change :)