Dead_Elvis - 4:13 am on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi GlobalMax, the pages are now returning a standard 404 error. I don't think I'm going to bother requesting a removal via Google... I'm not in a big enough rush, and with a site my size it gets crawled pretty quickly.
I was really surprised to see just how short or "thin" some of these pages were. They were totally legitimate, and they said exactly what needed to be said (ie, they weren't lacking info for their subject -- the subject just happened to be short,) but clearly Google didn't like them.
There were a few longer posts in the list of worst offenders, but they were a minority. All in all, these were pretty thin pages. None of them were painful to discard.
I will keep you informed as I see how this works out. *gulp*