TheMadScientist - 7:03 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 7:13 pm (utc) on Mar 2, 2011]
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?
Hmmm... I don't think that was it, because maybe some of the checking and verification they did was in the linked resource?
“If you do over a large range of queries, you get a very good picture of whether the new results are better than the old,” Singhal said.
But after this change, the company asked additional questions about top sites to judge their quality, including “Would you feel comfortable giving this site your credit card number?” and “Would you feel comfortable taking medical advice for your child from this site?,” according to Singh.
“The outcome was widely positive,” Singhal said. (To be clear, these surveys are used to measure changes, not to create them.)
Generally (those who comment without bothering to read the information we have access to, which is more than one person) I think will get a way better idea of things if they actually read the resources linked in the threads, and if the 'comment without researching' theme is indicative of the level of time and effort put into the sites not ranking any longer, then I think I might understand why so many people are complaining.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 7:13 pm (utc) on Mar 2, 2011]